Lipoma (Fatty Tissue)

Lipoma (Fatty Tissue)

What is a lipoma?

A lipoma is a growth of fatty tissue that slowly develops under your skin. People of any age can develop a lipoma, but children rarely develop them. A lipoma can form on any part of the body, but they typically appear on the: neck, shoulders, forearms, arms, thighs or foot.

They’re classified as benign growths, or tumors, of fatty tissue. This means a lipoma isn’t cancerous and is rarely harmful.

What are the symptoms of a lipoma?

There are many types of skin tumors, but a lipoma usually has distinct characteristics. If you suspect that you have a lipoma it will generally:

Be soft to the touch, move easily if prodded with your finger, be just under the skin, be colorless and grow slowly.

The cause of lipomas is largely unknown, although there may be a genetic cause in individuals with multiple lipomas. Your risk of developing this type of skin lump increases if you have a family history of lipomas. This condition is most prevalent in adults between the ages of 40 and 60, according to the Mayo Clinic.

How is a lipoma diagnosed?

Dr. can often diagnose a lipoma by performing a physical exam. It feels soft and isn’t painful. Also, since it’s made up of fatty tissues, the lipoma moves easily when touched

How is a lipoma treated?

A lipoma that’s left alone usually doesn’t cause any problems. However, a surgeon can treat the lump if it bothers you. They will make the best treatment recommendation based on a variety of factors including: the size of the lipoma, the number of skin tumors you have, yourpersonal history of skin cancer, your family history of skin cancer, whether the lipoma is painful.


The most common way to treat a lipoma is to remove it through surgery. This is especially helpful if you have a large skin tumor that’s still growing. Lipomas can sometimes grow back even after they’re surgically removed. This procedure is typically done under local anesthesia through a procedure known as an excision.