I might have a lipoma and I am just curious about what kind of lipoma treatments exist. Is surgery the only option for lipoma removal or do people with lipomas have other options?

A: Treatment of lipoma

A lipoma is a benign (non-cancerous) fatty tumor which can appear almost anywhere on the body.  They are usally firm and round and can become unsightly, requiring removal primarily for cosmetic reasons.  Most can be removed under local anesthesia as an outpatient with minimal pain and quick recovery. The specimen should be sent to a pathology lab to confirm the diagnosis. They are usually removed by plastic surgeons or dermatologists. The entire lipoma, including it’s outer lining, must be removed to prevent recurrence.

Please consult with a board certified surgeon prior to your lipoma removal.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bruno