Lipomas are adipose (fatty) tumors that are usually benign and are often found in subcutaneous tissues between the muscles and the skin. They grow pretty slowly over the years on different parts of the body such as your head, neck, shoulders, and back.
They are typically not painful and present as a soft mass on the outer part of the skin. Though there are many variants of lipomas, most of the time, you won’t need to get treatment on these. It is typically more desired if you are experiencing a rapidly-growing or painful lipoma, in which case, we may recommend steroid injections or complete removal through excision.
We’ve seen patients of all ages who have a lipoma, but the most common time period that people will start to see more of these is between 40 and 60 years old.
When a surgical excision is completed, it often results in a full cure and complete removal. Prior to the surgical procedure, your doctor will outline the lipoma visually with a marker to make sure the margins are correct. A detailed plan already determined in your consultation will be followed carefully during the excision procedure.
Cysts look similar to lipomas on the outside, but they are fluid-filled instead of filled with fatty tissue.
The most common places one might get a cyst or lipoma are:
When removing both, scarring is kept to a minimum. Procedures to remove both are usually minimally-invasive and done in an outpatient environment here.
In the removal of both cysts and lipomas, you may expect:
Our dermatologist-led team will explain any details during your consultation and treatment appointment including preparation steps, what to expect during your procedure, and how to take care of the treatment area after treatment.
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