Lipoma removal London

An overgrowth of fat cells causes soft-tissue lumps known as lipomas to form. Lipoma removal surgery involves an anaesthetic before a small incision across the tumour where the mass is extracted before the wound is stitched back up and bandaged. Scarring for this procedure is minimal, and the recovery time is hasty.

What is lipoma?

Adipose tumours are benign soft, dome-shaped tumours that form under the skin layer and protrude outwards in the shape of lumps. These lumps are commonly quite soft and squishy and can change shape when touched. Lipomas store fat tissue and can form anywhere on the body. For example, they typically develop on your neck, shoulders, abdomen, arms, and thighs. Though benign tumours usually grow pretty slowly, their overall size can range quite heavily from a small pea to a large golf ball. 

Why should you remove lipoma?

Many people choose to remove adipose tumours for cosmetic reasons. Since they usually don’t disappear on their own, it is generally easier and more cost-effective to remove them while they are small so they don’t create further issues. Broader lipomas may cause discomfort, tenderness, pain, or itch as they grow, especially in pressure-sensitive areas like the spine or armpit.

What takes place in lipoma treatment?

Firstly, the surgeon will generally administer a local anaesthetic for surgical excision before incurring your skin to cut the fat lump. After which, the surgeon may send the removed lump for examination to find any signs of cancer or other pathogens. Finally, the surgeon with stitching then seals your wound before applying a bandage to prevent bleeding.

For non-surgical treatments, cryotherapy is used to eliminate your lipoma. Usually applied using a spray gun, liquid nitrogen is administered to your lipoma, freezing it. After one to two minutes, your affected skin should return from a pale white colour to its normal pigmentation as it thaws out. Your surgeon may repeat this process if the lesion is large enough.

In the next few days, a scab will form. This scab should take one to two weeks to fall off, leaving the treated area looking relatively normal. A full recovery is common after some time. However, some minor scarring or colour loss can appear. Depending on the nature of your lipoma, more than one cryotherapy treatment may be necessary for the surgeon to remove all visible lesions from your skin.

What happens after lipoma excision?

You will usually not need to stay the night at our clinic. However, your complete recovery may take up to two weeks, but it will be possible for you to return to work after your anaesthetic has worn off, assuming your job does not include any manual work such as an office job. You must refrain from exercise or strenuous activities for two weeks, including a labour intensive job.

What happens after lipoma cryotherapy treatment?

Your doctor will provide advice on how to care for your wound while it is healing and may suggest using vaseline, patting the wound dry if it becomes wet and advising you to refrain from picking the scab, all to reduce the chances of any scarring.

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Lipoma surgery FAQ's

What is aftercare like for lipoma removal surgery?

Aftercare is included in your treatment package, meaning follow-up appointments are common to track your recovery. Our surgeons can treat any immediate complications with no additional charge. In other words, surgery is simply the most reliable treatment if you are looking for a permanent solution.

What are the leading lipoma causes?

An overgrowth of fat cells causes lipomas. In addition, the size of lipoma typically increases statically over time as we age. However, the majority of adipose tumours are harmless and quite normal.

Though the exact reason they develop is unknown, we know that there is a genetic or hereditary component and that adipose tumours tend to stick around once formed. It is currently suspected that high-impact injuries may assist in the cause behind the formation of lipomas.

Above all, adipose tumours are most prevalent in adults aged forty to sixty years old and are slightly more common in men than women.

Are lipomas cancerous or not?

Lipoma lumps are fatty tumours located just below the skin. However, It isn't cancer and is usually harmless.

Do lipomas go away?

No, lipomas do not tend to go away naturally.

Which is the best treatment for lipoma?

Surgery is the only universally approved permanent treatment for lipoma removal.

Who operates on lipoma?

Surgeons who specialise in dermatology are typically the people who remove lipomas.

Are cysts and lipomas the same?

Both are typically slow-growing lumps that form beneath the skin layer. But, the difference between them is that lipomas contain a collection of fat cells, and cysts hold keratin.
Further, cysts are closer to the skin's surface, whereas adipose tumours are deeper in the skin.
In addition, cysts are also generally much firmer and tougher when compared to adipose tumours.
If you need to confirm whether you have a cyst or lipoma, Request an ultrasound scan from your local doctor for confirmation.

At what size should a lipoma be removed?

Many people choose to remove lipomas when they are pretty small, either for cosmetic reasons or to prevent the lump from getting worse. However, if your lipoma exceeds 5cm in diameter, it may need extraction due to malignant potential (the possibility of the cells becoming cancerous).

Which food is good for lipoma?

Omega-3 fats help decrease inflammation and may help limit the growth of lipomas. Food rich in omega-3 oils like tuna or salmon can inhibit further tumour growth. However, it is not a way to treat lumps that have already formed. Instead, it just prevents the lump from getting more significant.

How long does lipoma treatment take?

Lipoma surgery usually takes twenty to forty-five minutes.

Is removing a lipoma painful?

We will administer an anaesthetic. Therefore, You won't feel pain during the procedure. However, there might be some minor pain post-procedure that you could choose to suppress using over-the-counter painkillers.

Can a lipoma come back after removal?

It is uncommon for lipomas to recur after lipoma removal surgery.

Do lipomas go away with weight loss?

Unfortunately, lipoma has no relationship with weight or diet, meaning losing or gaining weight will not affect the tumour's development.

Is lipoma dangerous?

Benign lipomas are common as they are typically not cancerous and rarely harmful but can be painful, sore, or itchy. One form of lipoma is liposarcoma, which is more active and cancerous. If you believe you have a lipoma, but it has not yet been officially diagnosed, it is best to check and clarify that your lipoma is not, in fact, a liposarcoma.

Is lipoma a tumour?

Lipomas are non-cancerous benign soft tissue tumours.

Are lipomas hard?

Fat lipomas are usually soft, but some can feel hard, especially if they have had time to mature.

Are lipomas itchy?

They can become painful or itchy as they develop.

Can lipomas turn into cancer?

It is scarce for lipomas to develop into cancerous sarcoma, but it is possible.

You should be attentive to any changes like:
An increased growth rate.
The hardening of the lump.
Inflammation of the skin surrounding the lump causes it to become red hot, and itch.
Pain or tenderness at the site.

Can lipomas appear suddenly?

They can start to form suddenly, but their growth is usually relatively slow. If the lipoma development suddenly accelerates or multiple fatty lumps begin to grow around the area, you should contact your doctor.

Where is lipoma usually found?

You will typically find lipomas under the skin of the neck, shoulders, abdomen, arms, and thighs. Though, lipomas can appear in the shape of a lump on the back or lump in the armpit.

Can I remove lipoma lumps myself?

Removal at home could be quite dangerous, as you would be increasing the risk of causing injury or infection.

Should lipomas be removed?

Many people choose to remove lipomas for cosmetic reasons, though since it is unlikely the lipoma would go away naturally, it is helpful to excise it before it grows larger and possibly causes pain.

Do lipomas grow?

Lipomas are usually less than five centimetres in diameter, but they can grow larger. It is common for patients with lumps larger than five centimetres to ask for the removal of the lipoma due to the risk of pain and to avoid the tumour from potentially becoming malignant.

What is multiple lipomatosis?

Multiple lipomatosis is a rare hereditary condition in which the patient would develop multiple lumps over their lifetime. The number of lumps they could germinate could be tens or even hundreds.

What are the side effects of lipoma removal through excision?

Some side effects widespread across excision surgeries (including lipoma removal) are infection, bleeding/bruising, and nerve damage.
Fortunately, infection is an unlikely symptom of cyst removal. However, if you are susceptible to infections or have a weakened immune system, you should raise your concerns with your physician as you may need additional care.
Bleeding and bruising are pervasive but typically minor side effects of lipoma removal. If your wound opens after surgery but fails to close, you should contact your physician for medical help.
In some cases, lipoma removal may cause damage to a nerve. A damaged nerve may result in numbness for several weeks or months but often make a full recovery. In sporadic cases, a nerve may be compromised after a lipoma removal, causing mobility issues in the area around the wound.
Scarring is common in any surgical procedure. Though there are measures to avoid or minimise scarring during and after your surgery, some scarring is unavoidable for lipoma removal. In addition, the amount of scarring will depend on the skill of your surgeon. Thankfully, our expert surgeons' focal point is to keep scarring to a minimum.

Reactions are certainly the most dangerous of all immediate side effects with surgical procedures in general. The symptoms following a reaction vary between patients but include a rash, hives, severe itchiness, swelling, drop in blood pressure, shortness of breath, coughing, etc. Fortunately, reacting to anaesthesia is extremely rare and largely preventable.

What are the side effects of cryotherapy for lipoma removal?

Cryotherapy is usually administered without anaesthetic, making you likely to feel pain during the procedure. Fortunately, the pain is quick and usually well-tolerated. However, if your pain persists post-lipoma removal, you can choose to take painkillers such as paracetamol to relieve any discomfort. If you are worried about the pain, it is permissible to take painkillers around an hour before the treatment.

Following cryotherapy, swelling and redness are common and usually settle after two to three days. Similarly, blistering is also a common flaw of cold therapy and settles down after the first few days of recovery.

Though unlikely, infection is possible with any surgical procedure, resulting in increased pain and pus formation: this may require additional treatment such as a prescription of antibiotics.

Despite scarring being unlikely after cryotherapy, it can occur on rare occasions. In addition, a change in pigment surrounding the treated area may also appear in unlikely circumstances.

Finally, prolonged numbness is possible following cryotherapy. However, not only is this extremely rare and not feasible for the majority of cold therapy treatments, the normal feeling should return after a couple of months.

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