Your doctor would most likely conduct some kind of physical examination on the location of the Lipoma and take out tissue samples from the area to perform biopsies.
Laboratory results of the test may take a few days to come out, and if the results reveal that the lump is not cancerous, varied treatment options will be offered to you.
Lipoma is in fact a benign tumor growth but your doctor would insist on the test to ascertain that the bump is not something else.
A Lipoma is non-cancerous, and is formed of adipose tissues and occurs just beneath the skin surface.
It usually feels like soft tissue tumor and can be moved around with the help of a finger.
It is harmless, does not influence the surrounding tissues and painless too, unless of course, it appears over an area where it presses down upon blood vessels or a nerve group. In most patients, Lipoma is seen to occur on the arms, legs, necks and shoulders, usually at between 40 to 60 years of age.
Although the instances are rare, the condition is sometimes apparent in children too.
Hereditary predisposition or genetic mutation contributes to the occurrence of Lipoma in patients.
Lipomas that pop up in the skin’s subcutaneous layers are conspicuously visible as they produce noticeable bumps just below the surface of the skin.
In some instances, intermuscular lipomas (appearing amidst muscle groups) as well as intramuscular lipomas (appearing within one single group of muscle) also grow inside the body. As long as their size is within the normal range, they remain unnoticeable.
Lipoma is not a condition which is life-threatening, and may not need a removal unless it is causing physical disturbances or pain.
An enlarged Lipoma may trigger shooting pain and in cases of intramuscular and intermuscular growth, can also generate muscle aches.
Surgical removal remains the best treatment option in such cases, and in most instances, is a simple procedure that involves a quick surgery and a brief hospital stay for half or one day.
Since most Lipomas are very small (less than 1 cm in diameter) and are harmless in nature, sufferers from the condition do not consider a Lipoma treatment very easily.
Patients are seen to seek out medical care for the same only when the Lipoma is unusually large (some lipomas can be more than 6 cm in diameter), painful or uncomfortable or appears in an area where it looks disfiguring.
Doctors are of the opinion that all bulbous projections on the skin are not always Lipomas and hence if one feels that he/she is suffering from the condition, must get it immediately checked to rule out cancerous occurrences.
Physical tests, blood tests and X-rays can confirm the size and severity of the condition.
Once the tests are done and the condition of Lipoma ascertained, a physician can provide the patient with adequate information about the best suitable Lipoma treatment for him.
The most common treatment procedures for Lipoma are steroid injections, liposuction, surgical removal and laser treatment.
These can be availed at various places like hospitals, the physician’s clinic or even sometimes at beauty parlors.
Natural cure therapies for the same are also available. All the options of Lipoma treatment are discussed below.
Steroid injections can be the best mode of treatement available for removing a Lipoma lump if surgical intervention is not preferred by the patient.
In this case, a steroid solution is infused through injection into the Lipoma spot to dissolve the accumulated adipose tissue and shrink its size.
The treatment is completed in a few sittings spread over months/weeks until the lump shrinks down to an unnoticeable mass.
Liposuction is very popular as Lipoma treatment as it is the least scarring of all treatment procedures.
Best done on soft lumps, in this method, the adipose tissues or fat cells from the lump are sucked out through a hollow syringe and the size of the bump reduced.
Surgical removal procedures are performed in hospitals or doctor’s clinic, whereby an incision is done on the Lipoma to remove the lump, after which the slit is sutured.
This is a safe procedure but since this can result into some scarring, is best avoided if the Lipoma is located on the face or is near to it.
Lipoma is also removable through laser treatment in which laser rays are used to dissolve the fatty tissues accumulated inside the bump.
Topical application of castor oil, flaxseed oil, lemon juice, olive oil and turmeric have been anecdotally seen to have a significantly softening effect on the lipomas, helping to shrink and reduce them eventually.
Avoiding processed and refined foods and following a healthy diet are also considered helpful in reducing Lipoma sizes in patients.