Lipoma, No Treatment

A lipoma is a non-cancerous (benign) tumor made up of fat tissue. It appears as a soft raised area, just under the skin. It's usually less than 2 inches across.

Home care

General information regarding lipoma includes:

  • No special care is needed for a lipoma.

  • You can consider removal for cosmetic reasons.

  • Sometimes lipomas are uncomfortable because they put pressure on surrounding tissues. This is also a reason to have a lipoma removed.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised if you want to have the lipoma removed at a later time.

When to seek medical advice

Call your healthcare provider right away if any of the following occur:

  • Redness, pain, tenderness, or drainage from the lipoma

  • Lipoma starts to enlarge, change shape, or become more solid

  • Changes in the color of the skin over the lipoma

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