A lipoma is a non-cancerous overgrowth (tumour) of the fat cells. They arise in the layer of fat underneath your skin (subcutaneous tissue). It is a very common condition and in almost all cases a harmless lump underneath the skin. Lipomas can be single or multiple.
There is no specific age of onset of lipomas, but most are noticed in middle age. While women generally have solitary lipomas, men tend to have multiple such lumps.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes a Lipoma?
What are the symptoms and signs of a Lipoma, will my Lipoma go away on its own?
Lipomas generally stop growing after attaining a certain size, but will not disappear on their own.
Is Lipoma dangerous?
Do I have a Lipoma?
Can I get my Lipoma removed in the NHS?
Lipoma removal near me?
How do I get rid of the lipoma, is the surgery painful? What is the recovery like?
Complete removal, in this technique under local anaesthesia numbing, a cut is made overlying the length of the lipoma, and the entire lipoma is removed intact and then sent to the pathologist for an accurate diagnosis. This will leave you with a scar roughly the length of the lipoma that will take about a year to fade.
Small scar removal, in this technique a small cut is made, and the fatty tissue is removed, squeezed or scooped out piecemeal. The advantage is the small incision, the disadvantage is the tissue is not intact and accurate pathological diagnosis, if required, can’t be made.
Liposuction removal, this is cosmetically the most acceptable technique were a 2 mm tube is used to suck out the fat without the need for an incision. The disadvantage is that the tissue can’t be sent to the pathologist.
An accurate estimate of the costs is only possible after an in-clinic consultation with Dr Prashant. We charge a £75 deposit to secure your consultation with Dr Prashant, this amount will be deducted from the costs of the treatment you go on to have at our clinic. Every lipoma removal will cost different depending on the size, site and complexity, on average the prices start from £495 onwards. If the specimen needs to be sent for biopsy it will cost additional £100.