What is a lipoma?
A lipoma occurs when a lump of fat begins to grow into the soft tissue part of your body. Though they’re classified as tumours, they are usually harmless and are the most common tumour to form beneath your skin, with approximately 1 person in 1,000 developing a lipoma at some point. The most common places to find them are in your upper body, arms or thighs.
A lipoma will usually appear as a small soft lump less than 2 inches wide, sometimes more than one developing. The lipoma will move easily with finger pressure and do not usually hurt, although you may feel pain if they form nearby nerves or have blood vessels running through them.
Lipoma’s can be treated at one of our minor surgery clinics. The usual process involves a local anaesthetic to numb the area, excision of the lipoma and closure of the wound with stitches which are to be removed within a week or two. This process is relatively quick and in almost all cases, patients are able to go home after completion.
If you have a lipoma which you wish to be treated, book a consultation appointment with one of our minor surgeons today!