Lipoma Treatment

How to Treat a Lipoma?

Generally, the best preventative lipoma treatments are natural remedies, which involve adjustments in your diet, supplementation and lifestyle. However, if your lipoma grows to the point where it is causing you pain and discomfort or becomes a health or serious cosmetic concern, you may want to choose more aggressive forms of treatment under the advice of your caregiver. These treatment options may include any of the following:

  1. A steroid injection can be given into the lipoma to help it shrink in size.
  2. A liposuction procedure where your caregiver will use a needle to suck out the adipose tissue from your lipoma. A scope may also be used which contains a tiny camera to help the caregiver see and remove the fatty tissue from the lipoma. This is more often used for larger lipomas.
  3. A surgical procedure can be performed by a caregiver or surgeon, which will involve an incision in the skin while under anesthesia to numb the surgical site. The adipose tissue is removed and stitches are used to close the incision and a bandage is used to cover your wound. Surgical removal is often used on small lipomas.

Lipoma Natural RemediesNatural remedies are often a safe and desirable preventative treatment solution as lipomas are very slow growing and are usually not a health concern. By adjusting some elements in your diet and lifestyle, you can go a long way to treating your lipoma and preventing more lipomas from forming. There are a number of guides that have been written on the topic and are listed on our website. It will not hurt to read them and educate yourself on effective natural remedies for treating lipoma.

Other, more intrusive methods of treatment and removal can always be performed (at a cost) and it never hurts to pro-actively empower yourself with information that can be applied to your daily life with positive outcomes.

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I have a Lipoma. Now What?

So you think you may have a Lipoma? Now what?

  1. Do not panic!

Lipomas are harmless, non-cancerous and do not spread through the body. They are in most cases harmless to your health. A lipoma can be recognized by the fact that it can be moved around underneath the skin and is soft to the touch. It is nothing more then a lump of concentrated fatty tissue.

  1. Leave the lipoma alone!

Touching it will not help and only increase the chances of irritation and infection. So best to leave it alone.

  1. Consult with your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.

Due to lipomas not being any health concern, your doctor will probably suggest you leave it alone unless it is irritated, causing a blockage, or causing cosmetic concern.

  1. Watch the Lipoma closely.

A lipoma usually grows at a very slow rate. So you will not notice changes all of a sudden. What you do need to lookout for are any signs of infection to the area in and around the lipoma lump. Pay close attention to the direction of the growth. If it looks to be growing inwards and towards muscle or nervous tissue, there maybe reason to consult you doctor. Remember that a lipoma growth may not have any visual changes for many years.

  1. Consider Natural Lipoma Treatments and Remedies.

Lipoma herbsA medical expert will likely suggest a surgery if the lipoma is a health or cosmetic concern and needs to be removed. However, you should consider natural remedies before choosing for expensive, and potentially stressful surgeries as a few minor changes to your diet, lifestyle and dietary supplements can often be an effective remedy for treating and preventing lipoma lumps. Using certain foods, supplements, herbs and essential oil that may help the body to break down the fatty tissue storage in combination with an adjusted diet and lifestyle, may work wanders. Most people prefer natural remedies before choosing for expensive surgeries. You can visit our free guide page, which contains lots of information for you to get started with treating and preventing lipoma lumps.

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What is a Lipoma

What is a Lipoma? I am glad you asked!

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Lipoma on Forearm  (Source: Wikipedia)

A lipoma is a benign growth containing fatty cells that usually develops under the skin but can also develop in non-visible areas within the body. People may experience one lipoma in their lifetime, while others will experience many over the course of their lives. Lipomas can develop at any age; however, they are most commonly seen in adulthood and middle-life (40-60). Lipomas can appear on both men and women and they are thought to have some hereditary links as they sometimes run in families (eg. Lipomatosis is a related genetically inherited condition where 100’s of lipomas can develop all over the body).

We do not know the exact cause of why lipomas appear, but they have been associated with locations in the body where previous trauma has occurred. For example, if you get a hard blow to the skin through sports or accident, some can develop a lipoma in that traumatized area. Also, many believe that lifestyle, diet, exercise, stress, infections all play some (potential major) role in activating genes to form lipomas. The exact science is very scattered and I will be adding some references to scientific articles to this page in time and updating LipomaNET with the latest scientific advancements in the field of lipoma research.

Lipomas grow very slowly and usually develop over a number of years. They appear as dome or egg-shape structures and can span several centimeters in diameter (See figure top right of a Lipoma on the forearm). They feel smooth and soft to touch and some can have a more “rubbery” feel to them. Lipomas can appear anywhere on and in the body where there is fatty tissue but they are most commonly seen to appear on the trunk, arms, neck and shoulders.

Lipomas usually do not associate with symptoms, however, in some cases they can be painful and restrict movement or block bodily functions. This happens as they grow and put pressure on adjacent structures like blood vessels, nerves, organs and muscles tissue. The pressure they exert of surrounding structures is often what causes the pain for larger lipomas. Small lipomas can also be painful and it is not clear what causes this pain and often an issue of debate with medical experts and insurance companies as lipoma removal surgery is sometimes not covered by insurance as some insurers deem it to be cosmetic and not health issue related.

Lipomas can be removed any number of ways and the most common is surgery. Liposuction, steroid injection, collagenase injection (experimental), nutraceutical treatment (experimental), water fasting and even natural remedies have been used to combat the onset and appearance lipomas.

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Are Lipomas Common?

Are Lipomas Common?

Lipoma’s are very common and occur in 1-2 out of every 100 people on earth. That’s 1-2% of the population which equals about 70-140 million people who will experience lipoma lumps at some stage of their lives. For someone that is newly diagnosed with lipoma, the idea could be scary, but rest assured that Lipoma lumps are very common and in most cases harmless.

Lipomas can appear on any part of the body and they generally appear in clusters called “Lipoma Clusters”. So this means that if you have one lipoma, chances are more will appear in that area of the body. But lipoma growths can also appear randomly through the body and the most common placed where lipomas can be found are the torso, arms, upper thighs, back and neck.

Sometimes a person may experience just one lipoma that grows quite large in size. Other people may experience smaller lipomas, but a larger number of the growths. There is no predictable pattern, and the growths vary from one person to the next.

Fortunately, lipoma growths are benign, and they are simply fatty cell deposits most commonly found under the skin. Fibrous sacks are developed by the body, which starts to fill with fatty substances, growing over time and increasing in size. Experts are not certain of the exact cause of lipoma growths, but many attribute this condition to genetic factors as lipomas can run in the family.

Lipomas are often harmless and slow growing. People can live with these fatty deposits under the skin without any issues. Some lipomas can be a health concern however as they can become infected or cause blockages and pain as they grow. Its also important to note that many that have lipomas may not even know it. Lipomas can be quite small and remain un-noticed for years or even a lifetime.

The best way to treat and prevent lipoma’s is to adjust your diet accordingly and to make some lifestyle changes as well as take some basic supplements that will help your body with fat and nutrient distribution. These natural “holistic” treatments have been praised by many experts and suggested to reduce lipoma size and prevent additional lipoma lumps from forming.

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Things to Know about Lipedema

If you have multiple lipomas on your legs and you can’t seem to get rid of them, you may suffer from a condition called lipedema. Lipedema is a chronical disorder of the adipose tissue. It generally affects the legs – and sometimes the arms, causing them to accumulate fatty tissue.

When talking about lipedema, it is important to know that it is defined by five characteristics:

1. It can be genetic, meaning that you can inherit it.
2. It occurs almost exclusively in women; there are rare cases when men get it.
3. It can occur of women of all sizes, regardless of their weight, from the seriously underweight to the morbidly obese.
4. It involves the excess deposit and expansion of fat cells in an unusual and particular pattern – bilateral, symmetrical and usually from the waist to a distinct line just above the ankles.
5. Unlike the typical fat of obesity, lipedemic fat cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise.

Lipedema is generally triggered at puberty. However, it can also occur or worsen by pregnancy, peri-menopause and gynecological surgery (such as surgery of the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes). The cause of this condition remains unknown, even though most people suffering from it also have a significant hormonal imbalance. Additionally, the times of onset or exacerbation coincide with times of hormonal disturbance, such as the aforementioned examples.

Regarding its signs and symptoms, individuals suffering from lipedema tend to gain weight in the areas characteristic to the disease and lose weight in non-lipedemic areas. Obese individuals with lipedema who undergo bariatric surgery lose fat primarily from the waist up. Symptoms of lipedema include disproportionately large, column-like legs. As the condition progresses, people having it become increasingly heavy in the lower body.

Treating lipedema is quite difficult, since there is currently no known uniform procedure to cure it. There is debate, though, about surgery as an intervention. There are surgeons in countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom achieving success with medical liposuction. This is a specialized form of liposuction, usually performed with tumescent local anesthesia, one of the nuances being ensuring integrity of the lymphatic system while removing lipedemic adipose tissue.

If lipedema is diagnosed early, which is currently very rare, there are chances of preventing a significant expansion of lipedemic fat cells, and to alert patients to their increased risk for obesity so they can take appropriate action. However, lipedema is a rare condition, being often mistaken for obesity.