Dr. Kolachalam, Lipoma
What is a Lipoma?
Lipomas are the most common subcutaneous soft-tissue tumors.
What are they made of?
Lipoma’s are composed of adipocytes (fat cells). Lipomas are generally slow-growing nodules with a firm, rubbery consistency. Most such tumors are asymptomatic but can cause pain when they compress nerves.
Where are they usually found?
Lipomas tend to occur by themselves about 80% of the time, but young men commonly have multiple lesions :
- Back of the neck
- Axillae (Arm Pit)
What is the treatment for a Lipoma?
Dr. Kolachalam will make sure your lump isn’t a cyst, abscess, or very rarely a liposarcoma*. Surgical excision is generally the preferred method of removing a lipoma.
For most lipomas, imaging studies aren’t necessary for diagnosis but if it starts to rapidly increase in size a CT scan or MRI can be done. Small lipomas that are not causing problems should just be watched. If a lipoma continues to enlarge or causes problems, removal is the best treatment.
*Liposarcomas are cancers that grow in fatty tissues yet unlike lipomas they grow very quickly. If you see a significant increase in the size of your lipoma you should mention that to your doctor. You should also call your doctor if the lipoma becomes painful.