How To Treat Lipomas
If you have ever discovered lumps under your skin, you will clearly understand how frightening this can seem. In many instances however, they may actually be lipomas, which are benign (non-cancerous) tumours consisting of fat. What actually causes these lumps is not known, other than a possible hereditary link. On discovering any form of growth, a proper diagnosis from a doctor is vital, just to make sure that it is in fact benign. If a lipoma is diagnosed, there is not too much to worry about other than to decide what form of action to take.
Here are a few tips to help deal with the problem and make informed treatment decisions.
1. As already mentioned, a doctor’s visit is essential whenever a lump under the skin is discovered. Lipomas can be moved around beneath the skin, so they are relatively simple to diagnose. They are soft and fatty lumps, and when they are located just beneath the skin, in the subcutaneous tissue, removal is fairly simple.
2. If the lipoma is small, the advice from the medical team may be to leave well alone, as they are benign and normally not painful. The majority of sufferers will only have one or two lumps and may not be noticeable to other people, but self esteem issues may arise. Surgical removal leaves a small scar, so this may also be something to consider when making a decision.
3. Attention must be paid to any increase in size of the lipoma or whether it develops deeper under the skin. In some instances, most noticeably in males, the lipomas can grow deep into the muscle tissue, which inevitably means greater difficulty for removal. Look out for multiple lipomas, which can cause pain, especially if they press against nerves, and be aware that some types of lipoma can develop upon inner body organs.
4. Weigh up the pros and cons of the two methods of lipoma removal. Smaller lipomas can be removed via liposuction, which leaves a much smaller scar but in many cases does not totally remove the tumour and can result in regrowth. If lipoma surgery is carried out properly, all traces of the fatty tissue will be removed, greatly reducing the chance of regrowth, but the resulting scar will be much larger.
5. Always follow medical advice. Even though initial diagnosis may seem clear, a biopsy or MRI scan may be requested for definite confirmation. It is important to be sure as they can become dangerous, especially if developing deep into muscle tissue.
As is the case with all surgical procedures, there will be certain risk factors to be considered following lipoma removal, such as infection, bleeding and scarring.
It is not altogether surprising then, to learn that not everybody finds lipoma surgery an attractive choice. As an alternative, depending upon the appropriate medical advice, there are several natural, home remedies and herbal treatments that may be more tempting, if surgery does not seem to be a suitable solution.