Lipomas are the most common soft-tissue tumor. These slow-growing, benign fatty tumors form soft, lobulated masses enclosed by a thin, fibrous capsule.
Lipomas are normally found on neck, back, shoulder, and arms, though they can appear on other parts of the body as well. In addition, men are more likely to have multiple lipomas than women, though both sexes are equally likely to have single occurrences. The cause of lipomas is not yet known. Most experts think there is a genetic link to their growth, however, as they tend to run in families. In addition, injuries such as a blow to the body in the affected area emerge to trigger their growth.
It can occur anywhere under the skin in the body. Typically one notices a lump under the skin. Often it is hard to define exactly where the lump ends as the lipoma is irregularly shaped.
The surgical procedure is a must when it becomes painful or tender, becomes infected or inflamed repeatedly, drains foul-smelling discharge, interferes with movement or function, increases in size, and becomes unsightly or bothersome.
The cause of lipomas is not completely understood, but the tendency to develop them is inherited. A minor injury may produce the growth. Some people think that the lipoma is due to excess fat content of the body or obesity and so they keep on doing exercise and diet restriction to reduce weight. Even after reducing weight considerably, there won’t be any change in the lipoma. Also, sometimes they are noticed with more visibility or prominence than before, since they might have been in the fat. So being overweight does not cause lipomas.
The non surgical lipoma removal procedures are good for the small ones as they may not be able to remove the large lipomas entirely. For the larger lipomas, surgery is required. Moreover some lipomas become infected, ooze pus, are painful or restrict movement. In such cases, for lipoma removal, surgery is the only option. Lipoma removal through surgery is a pretty simple procedure. Lipoma surgery is done on an outpatient basis, that is, the patient does not need to stay overnight. The first step for surgical lipoma removal procedure is to inject a local anesthetic. Then a small incision is made on the skin and the tissue is removed. The wound is then stitched back. The whole procedure does not take more than 20 minutes. The patient is usually allowed to go after 90 minutes. However, in some rare circumstances general anesthesia may be used. For this treatment procedure, you can approach Dr. T.Kannan Kumar.