Lipomas are benign fatty growths that present as soft nodules under the skin. They usually grow on the trunk, shoulders or arms, but can present almost anywhere on the body. Lipomas are typically slow-growing and painless, but can occasionally cause pain if pushing against a nerve or blood vessel.
Most lipomas are subtle and do not require treatment if not bothersome. Although lipomas are benign by nature, a definitive diagnosis can not be made until the lesion is removed and sent to pathology for examination. Lesions that are growing, symptomatic, or painful may be treated by surgical excision. Most lipomas can be easily treated in the office under local anesthesia. Larger lesions may be referred to a surgeon for further evaluation, and excision possibly with general anesthesia. Depending on the size, location and presentation of the lesion, our dermatologist can help determine the best treatment option for you.