A fatty lump most often situated between the skin and underlying muscle layer. Lipomas are slow growing and usually harmless. Rarely, they can be cancerous. Some people have more than one.
Lipomas are just under the skin and move easily when pressure is applied. They commonly occur in the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms and thighs.
Treatment generally isn’t necessary, but if the lipoma is bothersome, painful or growing, surgical removal may be required.
Most lipomas are removed surgically by cutting them out. Recurrences after removal are uncommon. Possible side effects are scarring and bruising. A technique known as minimal excision extraction may result in less scarring.
Provided it is left to heal naturally (generally 7 to 10 days), there is rarely any scarring at the treatment site. There may be a slight colour difference in the treated skin (compared to the surrounding skin) but this fades and over time.
Risks and Possible Complications
Modern surgery is generally safe but does have the potential for risks and complications to occur.
Some possible complications and risks associated with scar revision surgery may include:
- Risks of anaesthesia including allergic reaction or potentially fatal cardiovascular complications such as heart attack
- Bleeding or infection that requires treatment with antibiotics