A lipoma above the elbow.
A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump under the skin. Lipomas are mostly benign, although they may be confused with other conditions, and for that reason they should always be evaluated by a medical provider. Lipomas run in families and mostly occur in middle-age, but can occur in anyone at anytime. Other characteristics of lipomas:
- They present as a flesh-colored fleshy lump.
- Feel very doughy and soft.
- Usually are NOT tender.
- Usually freely-movable.
- May be single or multiple.
Treatment is not required for the vast majority of lipomas, as they are benign. However, when a lipoma causes discomfort or distress for cosmetic reasons, it can be removed through surgical excision. Our board-certified physicians here at BV Derm have extensive experience successfully removing lipomas using a brief, painless outpatient procedure performed with local anesthesia. It takes around 20 minutes. Here’s what to expect:
- We will mark, clean, numb and drape the area for excision.
- We will remove the lipoma surgically, closing the wound with stitches or glue, depending upon your situation.
- We will provide you with wound care instructions.
Most lipomas are not harmful, but they should be evaluated. When necessary or desired, we can surgically remove lipomas. Call us at (303) 604-1444.