Lipomas are subcutaneous fatty tumors that can occur anywhere on the body, but are typically found on the neck, armpits, shoulders, or chest. These lumps are usually small and rubbery, and typically grow quite slowly. However, some can grow more quickly and can reach up to eight inches across. Lipomas affect people of all ages but are most common between the ages of forty and sixty. In most cases, they are benign. If you have a lipoma, Dr. Kerendian, Los Angeles lipoma surgeon, can help.
The cause of lipomas is not always known. In some cases, they can be due to physical trauma, but they can also be linked to certain conditions, such as Madelung’s disease, Dercum’s disease, Gardner syndrome, or hereditary multiple lipomatosis. Although lipomas are usually painless, they can press on other body structures and trigger pain especially if they are against nerves or have blood vessels in them. Dr. Kerendian, provider of treatment for lipoma in Los Angeles, can diagnose a lipoma through a physical exam, but might recommend additional testing, including CT scans, MRIs, or biopsies if there is concern about malignancy or to create a treatment plan.
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Not all lipomas need to be treated, but should be monitored for changes. If the lipoma is large, unsightly, or causing pain or other symptoms, Dr. Kerendian, Los Angeles lipoma surgeon, might recommend removing it. As long as the lipoma is self-contained, this is a fairly straightforward procedure that involves a small incision and minimal recovery time. Liposuction can be a good option for larger lipomas. Lipomas that are connected to other structures or that have blood vessels might require a different approach.
Because most lipomas can be removed with minor surgical approaches, recovery is generally fast and uncomplicated. Lipomas do not increase the risk for other diseases, and if there is no predisposing condition, they should not return once they have been removed. Scarring is typically limited and can be further minimized with proper aftercare. Dr. Kerendian, provider of treatment for lipoma in Los Angeles, will provide you with detailed postsurgical instructions after your procedure.
Call us today to learn more about facial surgery or other procedures for lipomas or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kerendian.