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What is Lipoma?

Lipoma is the growth of fatty tissue under the skin. Lipomas are mostly found between the skin and the underlying layer of muscles. The fat cells grow under the skin in a thin fibrous capsule. Lipomas are usually painless and do not turn into cancer. These are usually harmless and no treatment is required if they do not bother you. But, if they are painful and are growing in size, you may want to get rid of it.


Lipomas can grow in every age even in newborns, however, they mostly tend to develop in middle age. The cause of lipoma is not completely understood, however, they tend to be inherited most of the times. They are very soft to touch and can easily move with a slight pressure of the finger.


Lipomas are usually small in size (1 to 3 cm) and are felt just under the skin. They do not cause pain, grow very slowly and usually remain the same size over years. They are mostly painless and only bother you if they are noticeable by others. However, they can sometimes be painful if they are located near the nerves and press them. They are most commonly found on the neck, thighs, armpits and upper arms but they can appear anywhere in the body.

How can Lipomas be Treated?

Most of the times lipomas are left untreated because they are harmless, but if it is painful of gets increasing in size, they can be surgically removed by the doctor.

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