Types of Lipoma

Types of Lipoma
Types of Lipoma

There are many different types of lipoma. The superficial subcutaneous lipoma is the most common type of lipoma probably due to its frequency and ease of diagnosis. This lipoma often appears as a soft movable lump under the skin commonly on the thighs, torso and arms. They tend to appear in areas of the body that store fatty tissue and grow very slowly.

Spindle cell lipoma, hibernoma, pleomorphic lipoma and chondroid lipoma are all other types of lipoma that may form but in this article I will focus on the most common which is the superficial subcutaneous lipoma.

Lipoma’s share similar visual symptoms to tumors and cancers but they are not cancerous by any means. They are simply lumps of fatty tissue encased in a collagen membrane and are more often than not harmless. They become a health concern when they start to interfere with bodily functions by pushing on organs, nerves or muscle tissue.

To prevent a misdiagnosis, its important to consult with a health expert who will often start with a physical exam and move onto a biopsy or extraction of a tissue sample where the sample will be studies appropriately for its composition in a laboratory. Only then can you be certain of the diagnosis. It is not uncommon for lipoma to be misdiagnosed so be vigilant and consult a doctor or dermatologist. An accurate diagnosis is very important in order to plan an appropriate course of action and treatment.

Lipoma’s as with cancers are often named as to their location on the body: Back lipoma, neck lipoma, arm lipoma are commonly used terms to describe superficial subcutaneous lipoma’s in these areas. Lipoma only need removal if they become a health or cosmetic concern and this is often dependent on where they are situated on the body. A lipoma on the face will likely be surgically removed for cosmetic reasons, however its important to consult an expert on the removal choices you have as some procedures can result in permanent scaring, sometimes worse than the lipoma in the first place.

Proper diet and exercise with appropriate supplementation have been suggested by many to have an impact on the progression and regression of lipoma. Its something one should consider with or prior to surgery or liposuction as these procedures can be expensive, leave scares, or even result in the re-growth and appearance of the lipoma if not fully removed. These are often not covered by insurance if the removal is for cosmetic reasons.

Non-surgical procedures to removing lipoma can take time and may require change in habits and lifestyle, but they can be very rewarding in the long-term as they will also result in better health, rejuvenation, more energy, increased metabolic rate and all round good healthy habits. This approach will also reduce the risk of other diseases and conditions forming such as cancer, cardio vascular disease, diabetes, obesity, excess weight to name a few.

I hope this article has been useful. Feel free to add to it below in the comments section.

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