What to do if you suspect a Lipoma? Lipoma Guide and Lipoma Treatment Options Explained.
Here is a guide to lipoma recognition, monitoring, risk factors and lipoma treatment options. It’s not meant to serve as a comprehensive guide but instead as a point-form guide to help you understand many of the things to looks out for and the lipoma treatment options you should be aware of.
Here we go:
Lipoma Diagnosis (look for the signs and symptoms):
1. Look for lumps under skin – usually they are found on torso, neck, armpit, upper arms and thighs. But they can appear anywhere.
2. Make sure it’s not a cyst – See here for difference between lipoma and cyst.
3. Assess softness – it should be pretty soft to the touch and move around under the skin.
4. Assess painfulness – if it hurts, that could be an indication it is adjacent to nerves which could lead to more pain if the lipoma grows.
Lipoma Monitoring: (Keep a close eye)
1. Record the date of when you noticed the lump and measure its diameter (keep a diary).
2. Measure its diameter from time to time and record the date and measurement. You could do this monthly for example.
3. Keep track of its texture. It should remain soft and move under the skin.
Lipoma Risk Factors: (Some people maybe at higher risk)
1. Risk of getting a lipoma tends to increase as you age. Its most common in the 40-60 age group.
2. Conditions that may pre-dispose you to developing a lipoma are:
– Madelung syndrome.
– Adiposis dolorosa.
– Cowden syndrome.
– Gardner syndrome.
3. Lipomas are generally considered to be linked to your genes as it has a hereditary link.
4. Obesity can increase risk of a lipoma developing.
5. Sudden trauma (bumps/hits/knocks) to the skin can cause a lipoma to form in some people.
Lipoma Treatment Options with Home Remedies:
1. Use chickweed – contains saponins, which breaks down fat. You can buy chickweed to either ingest with meals or as chickweed ointment that you can apply on the lipoma. Available at most pharmacies.
2. Use Neem – Indian herb used in cooking. It helps break down internal fat.
3. Use flaxseed – Rich in omega-3 acids which dissolve fat. Apply flaxseed oil directly on to the lipoma.
4. Drink green tea – anti inflammatory properties and thought to help reduce tumor size, including lipomas.
5. More tumeric – Rich in antioxidants that help stop inflammation and fat cell formation. Mix turmeric with olive oil (about one teaspoon of each) and apply directly to the lipoma. Apply daily.
6. More lemon juice – Contains citric acid and antioxidants that stimulate liver and destroy toxins. This helps with fat burning and may help reduce lipoma size throughout the body.
Lipoma Treatment with Medically Approved procedures:
1. Surgical removal – generally for small lipomas once they have reached 3cm in diameter. Fairly easy operation but can leave a scare (see risk factors to surgery). Here is a list of risk factors associated with lipoma surgery:
– A scare where the incision was made
– Chance of a seroma forming (pocket of fluid) in nearby tissues or organs.
– Damage nearby nerves, which can result in numbness or tingling in your skin.
– Muscle injury.
– Local Bleeding and bruising.
– Infection, which needs further treatment.
2. Liposuction – generally for larger lipomas where surgery could be risky to perform (eg neck area) (watch video). Also used when lipoma removed for cosmetic or aesthetic reasons. Leave a small scar which will likely disappear over time.
3. Steroid injection – Least invasive medically approved way of getting rid of a lipoma tumor. Steroid mixture contains triamcinolone acetonide and 1% lidocaine. Injected into the middle of the lipoma. Repeated monthly until lipoma disappears.
Treating Lipoma with Nutraceuticals:
1. Metadichol® (Polilex) available in South East Asia (Read this post)
Take Part in Lipoma Clinical Trials:
1. Collagenase Injections (clinical trial details)
2. Keep an eye on the Clinical Trials page for Lipoma
Can you add to this list? Please comment below!
Make sure you consult with your doctor if you notice any lump appear under your skin.
Inspiration for this post was obtained from Wikihow with additions made.