When Should I Treat My Lipoma?

When Should I Treat My Lipoma?

When to treat my lipomaIn the vast majority of cases, a lipoma does need any medical intervention. Lipomas are found in 1-2% of the world’s population and many can even go undetected (if they are very small) for years or even a lifetime. Lipomas are generally harmless and only need medical treatment if they start to grow and cause pain or discomfort. If this happens, its important to consult your doctor for the best treatment plan.

Many chose to remove a lipoma for cosmetic reasons. This can be for personal confidence or self-esteem or because they would rather not have the lump and be reminded of it each day. A lipoma removed for cosmetic reasons may not be covered by your insurer, so you need to check this first if this is a costly operation in your area. Most cosmetic surgeons or general surgeons can remove lipomas and the operation is usually quite fast and heals well although you should be aware that sometimes scaring can occur from surgery (Risks of Surgery). Some have claimed that sometimes the scaring is even worse than the lipoma, so you need to take this into consideration before undergoing surgery for cosmetic reasons, especially if the lipoma can be removed by other means such as liposuction or steroid injections (Watch this video).

If your lipoma is properly diagnosed and deemed a lipoma with no chances of it being a potentially cancerous tumor, then consult your doctor on the best course of action. In most cases, if the lipoma is small and not of major cosmetic concern, your doctor will probably advise to leave it alone.

It maybe an idea to read up on natural remedies to treating lipomas but be careful of unfounded guides around the internet that have “cure” claims. Usually, a well-adjusted diet with proper selection of the right nutrients, supplements and regular exercise to keep your body active and healthy as well as the use of some specific herbs and supplements could help in reducing the size or number of your lipomas. There are also remedies that can be applied directly on the lipoma that maybe worth trying. Most are of no health concern but you need to check with your doctor or caregiver if you are not sure.

Here is a free guide on lipoma treatment options and a review on holistic approaching to treating lipoma to get you started.

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Lipoma and Self Esteem

Lipoma and Self Esteem

Lipoma on FaceDo you have a lipoma on a highly visible part of your body that is hard to conceal in day-to-day life? Is this lipoma affecting your self-esteem and causing you to act in ways you would prefer not to act? Is it having an effect on your performance at work, at home or maybe even in a new relationship you cherish very much?

Well, let me tell you that you are not alone! Millions of people around the world feel what you are feeling to some degree. Some are unfortunate and have a lipoma on their face or neck, which is highly noticeable. Some are more lucky and their lipoma maybe on their back or abdomen, but this causes behavioral issues when at the beach or in a swimsuit.

Unsightly lipomas on your face can have a huge impact on someones self esteem. If this is the case for you, you need to talk to your doctor and ask for the best remedy available to you that is going to help you rid yourself of that lipoma. You can for example opt for treatment methods that minimize the chance of any scaring, like a steroid injection, liposuction or even surgery by a very experienced surgeon. Modern medicine does have many options when it comes to lipoma removal, especially if it’s the odd one lipoma on your body. If you suffer from many lipomas, the situation maybe much more complex.

Someone with multiple lipomas has a pre-disposition to developing lipomas and removing them can sometime be futile as they either grow back or form somewhere else. For these unlucky lipoma predisposed people, natural holistic remedies could be worth a try. There are many accounts of people showing the positive effects of natural remedies against lipomas. Chinese medicine or alternative medicine takes a much more holistic approach to treating health and many believe that lipomas are formed because of imbalances in the body. These imbalances cause organs like the liver and kidneys, that are very important in detoxifying the body, to not do their job properly and as a result, lipomas form in areas under the skin or even internally close to vital organs.

If this imbalance in not addressed (the cause of the lipoma) and only the symptoms are treated (removing the lipoma by surgery for example) then you are not addressing the cause but only treating the symptoms. This can result in more lipomas forming or removed lipomas growing back in the same area.

I recently wrote a review to a very well written guide on holistic natural treatments for lipoma which you can read here.

So to sum it up, you do have choices and consulting your doctor is a wise first step to becoming lipoma free (at least in those visually important places on your body). I hope this post will help you in taking action to get your lipoma treated. Let us all know how it goes with any comments below!

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Xiaflex Injection for Lipoma Treatment

Xiaflex Injection for Lipoma Treatment

Lipoma Clinical TrialXiaflex® (collagenase clostridium histolyticum or CCH) is currently being tested in a Phase II clinical trial in 2 locations in the US (See Trial Details: Double Blind Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Collagenase Histolyticum in the Treatment of Lipoma)

It is the hope that collagenase injection into a lipoma will break down the collagen capsule that surrounds the lipoma and help to reduce the size of the lipoma and maybe even prevent it from growing and larger. These trials are meant to test the efficacy and efficient of this drug on lipomas (marketed under brand name Xiaflex®).

To date, the trial is still recruiting so if you live in the New York or Tennessee areas you could contact the trial coordinators and sign-up if you qualify. Last week I tried to contact the company via their forums to see if they are still recruiting but have not yet gotten an answer (company forum)

Dupuytrens contracture
Source: Wikipedia

Collagenase clostridium histolyticum or CCH is an enzyme that breaks down collagen. It is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium histolyticum and this bacteria has the ability to break down collagen. The drug is primarily being used to treat a condition called Dupuytren’s contracture, which is a condition that causes the figures to bend into the palm of the hands making it hard to straighten them. The company responsible for the development of Collagenase clostridium histolyticum (Xiaflex) is BioSpecifics Technologies, but the companies responsible for the manufacturing and marketing of the drug is actually Auxilium Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer depending on the location (US or EU).

Xiaflex was approved by the FDA in 2010 for treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture in the US. You can find some informative reviews on the Xiaflex on WebMD.

Web MD also contains information on Uses, Side Effects and Precautions as well as Dosing information.

If you would like to enroll your dog in a collagenase clinical trial, there is one currently enrolling in Carlsbad, California and you can find the details here.

Collagenase injection provides hopes for people and pets with lipomas as an alternative (non-intrusive) form of treatment. If successful, it may provide an effective way to treating multiple lipomas throughout the body where surgery is often not a viable solution due to cost and scaring.

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Lipoma Treatment and Insurance Coverage

Lipoma Treatment and Insurance CoverageAn interesting and often overlooked topic is – Do insurance companies cover lipoma removal procedures? These procedures can be costly, especially if you have multiple lipomas to remove. The short answer is that if the lipoma is being removed for cosmetic reason, your insurance company may not cover it. So before approaching you doctor to remove a lipoma, check to see if you are covered by your insurer. You may want to craft your resin for the surgery according to your insurers guidelines and coverage.

Almost all insurers will cover lipoma removal if it is due to health complications such as pain, restriction of movement, infection or any health related complication. It’s important to note that most cases where lipomas are surgically removed are for cosmetic reasons. So insurance companies are usually wary of fraudulent claims that may come in for lipoma surgery. It’s best to talk to your doctor and get your doctor’s advice on how to proceed.

Removal of a lipoma is often quite simple if the lipoma is small and easy to access. The operation is usually done on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic. A small incision is made on the skin over the lipoma and the lipoma is literally squeezed out like a pimple. If the lipoma is in a difficult to reach place or close to sensitive organs and structures like the spin or neck, the surgery maybe much more complicated and require planning and a followup appointment.

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FREE Lipoma Guide and Lipoma Treatment Options

What to do if you suspect a Lipoma? Lipoma Guide and Lipoma Treatment Options Explained.

Lipoma Treatment OptionsHere 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:
-Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome.
– 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.

Read this guide for more information on how to treat lipoma naturally.

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.

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