Our Lipoma Treatment
What Is a Lipoma?
A lipoma is a superficial fatty tumor encased in a capsule. It grows between the skin and the underlying muscle. Lipomas are almost always not cancerous, do not spread extensively, and grow slowly. A lipoma can develop anywhere on the body but tends to develop on the head, neck, shoulders, and back. They are less common in the armpits, thighs and other parts of the body. About one percent of the US population is affected by lipomas. People aged 40-60 are often affected by lipoma. Rarely a lipoma can be associated with certain genetic disorders.
What Causes Lipoma?
The cause of lipoma is not known but studies suggest a genetic connection in most cases. Some research suggests that a lipoma develops after a trauma to the soft tissues in the area where it next develops. Other risk factors include obesity, liver disease, and diabetes.
Am I a Good Candidate for Lipoma Treatment?
Any patient with a lipoma is a good candidate for a lipoma removal. Patients with lipomas in noticeable areas are ideal candidates for a lipoma removal procedure. Lipoma treatment is best for healthy patients who have no post-surgery healing issues.
During your consultation, we will diagnose your lipoma and note its degree of severity. We will also evaluate your medical history. Once we ensure that your lipoma is non-cancerous, we will present a treatment plan to remove your lipoma as safely and efficiently as possible.
Every detail of the treatment plan will be discussed. You will learn about what to expect during procedure, the steps required for your recovery process, and the potential cost. If you have questions, we will address them properly before we move on with the discussion.
How Is Lipoma Treated?
When a lipoma has no symptoms and is not painful, there is no need for removal. However, when you feel the lipoma is cosmetically unacceptable or is symptomatic, it can be removed. Injections into the lipoma and surgical excision are treatment options. Surgical excision is the best alternative to ensure it does not grow back.
Placer Dermatology specializes in the treatment and removal of lipomas and has a multitude of products and solutions to create an effective, individualized plan for you.
The recovery process of the patient will depend on the type of treatment used to remove the lipoma. For a surgical lipoma removal, the recovery period can be as short as a couple of days. However, the patient may have to wait longer for the surgical area to completely heal (3-4 weeks) before going back to normal physical activities.
Lipoma Treatment Cost
The cost of a lipoma treatment will depend on the type of treatment used. The number of lipomas removed can also affect the overall price of the treatment. We recommend contacting your provider to verify whether the treatment will be covered by your health insurance.
If you are worried about a potential lipoma, visit Placer Dermatology. We provide safe and effective treatment for lipomas in Roseville. Contact us today for your appointment!