A lipoma is a benign fatty tumor located in the subcutaneous skin. Lipomas are very common mobile fatty soft tissue neoplasms. They may be located anywhere on the body and appear at any age.
What Causes a Fatty Lipoma?
Lipomas are formed due to a local proliferation of adipocytes or fat cells, which is one of the primary lipoma causes. This is why lipomas are often referred to as “fatty tumors”. There is a correlation between the development of lipomas and trauma to the area. This trauma to the subcutaneous tissue is thought to trigger the proliferation of adipocytes and therefore cause a lipoma at the site of injury. There is also a genetic predisposition to development of lipomas and often a strong family history of lipomas. Although both men and women both are affected by lipomas, men typically have more lipomas present at once.
A fatty lipoma typically presents as a well-circumscribed, soft, dome-shaped lump underneath the skin which are freely moveable upon palpation. Lipomas are typically asymptomatic when they are small. There are no overlying skin changes. A lipoma may grow slowly over time and can become quite large and unpleasant to many patients. They may occur anywhere on the body but often form on the extremities and the back. When lipomas begin to enlarge they are often painful to palpation and may compress surrounding nerves or other nearby structures. Larger lipomas that have been present for years may become multiloculated and be separated by a thin fibrous tissue. It is common for patients to have more than one fatty lipoma at a given time.
Lipomas are benign subcutaneous tumors of the skin that do not require treatment unless desired by the patient. Many patients opt for surgical excision if lipomas become painful, start to grow exponentially, or cause an unpleasant appearance.
At ReJUVA Dermatology & Vein Center we recognize that lipomas may be bothersome and patients desire removal. We offer surgical excision of lipomas in our office in Venice, Fl. During this minor in-office procedure the skin will be prepped, cleaned, and numbed with a local anesthetic.
The initial numbing of the skin is the only portion of the procedure with some discomfort. Once the skin is numb, an excision of the lipoma is performed and the fatty tumor will be completely removed. Sutures will then be placed and removed in the following weeks. Patients can expect a small surgical scar at the excision site. We take a conservative approach when it comes to excising skin tissue to ensure a small scar.
ReJUVA Dermatology & Vein Center is the largest and most comprehensive laser center in the Sarasota area. We offer a variety of laser procedures to minimize the appearance of scars if desired. Schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified physicians at our Venice, FL office if you are concerned about ‘lipoma causes’ and want to explore treatment options.