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Should I Worry About My Lipoma?

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Lipomas are a common health concern that can cause anxiety for many individuals. These soft, fatty lumps grow under the skin and are usually non-cancerous. MJR Dermatology in Lawrenceville is here to provide essential information on lipomas, addressing common concerns and guiding you on what steps to take if you suspect you have one.

Understanding Lipomas

Lipomas are benign tumors composed of fat tissue. They are typically soft, movable, and painless, varying in size from as small as a pea to a few centimeters in diameter. Lipomas can occur anywhere on the body where fat cells are present but are most commonly found on the torso, neck, upper thighs, arms, and armpits.

Causes and Risk Factors

The exact cause of lipomas is not entirely understood, but several factors may increase your risk of developing them:

  • Genetics: A family history of lipomas can increase your likelihood of developing them.
  • Age: Lipomas are more common in adults between the ages of 40 and 60, although they can occur at any age.
  • Certain Conditions: Conditions like adiposis dolorosa, Cowden syndrome, and Gardner’s syndrome can be associated with multiple lipomas.

Lipoma Symptoms and Diagnosis

While lipomas are generally not painful, they may become uncomfortable if they grow and press against nearby nerves or if they are located in areas where they affect movement. Diagnosing a lipoma typically involves a physical examination, and if there is any concern about the nature of the lump, your dermatologist may recommend an ultrasound or a biopsy to rule out malignancy.

Should You Be Concerned?

The good news is that lipomas are usually harmless and do not turn into cancer. However, any new growth on the body deserves attention, especially if it:

  • Grows rapidly
  • Is painful or tender
  • Becomes red or hot
  • Interferes with movement or function
  • Causes psychological distress

In these cases, it is essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the nature of the growth and the appropriate course of action.

Treatment Options at MJR Dermatology

At MJR Dermatology in Lawrenceville, we understand that even benign skin conditions like lipomas can cause concern and discomfort. While many lipomas do not require treatment, you might consider removal if the lipoma is bothersome, painful, or growing.

Treatment options include:

  • Surgical Removal: The most common treatment for lipomas, which involves a simple outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.
  • Liposuction: For larger lipomas, liposuction can help remove the fatty tissue.
  • Steroid Injections: These can help shrink the lipoma but may not eliminate it entirely.

Empowering Your Skin Health Decisions in Lawrenceville

While lipomas are generally not a cause for serious concern, it’s important to stay informed about changes in your body and to consult with healthcare professionals when necessary. MJR Dermatology in Lawrenceville is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support for all your dermatological needs. If you have concerns about lipomas or any other skin conditions, we are here to help. Reach out to us for more information, diagnosis, or treatment options, and take the first step toward peace of mind and well-being.


Posted on behalf of Matthew J. Reschly, M.D., PC

2000 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Located on the lower Courtyard Level

Phone: (678) 535-0067

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