Lipoma, No Treatment

A lipoma is a noncancerous (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.

Lipomas often don't need to be treated. But you can have them removed for cosmetic reasons. Sometimes lipomas are uncomfortable. They can put pressure on nearby tissues. This is also a reason to have a lipoma removed. Lipomas may also be biopsied or removed if you or your healthcare provider is unsure of the diagnosis. A biopsy make sure the growth isn't something more concerning.

Home care

No special care is needed for a lipoma. But let your healthcare provider know if you notice changes to the lipoma.

Follow-up care

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

When to get 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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