Multiple Lipoma Removal
Lipoma removal is the excision of uncomfortable, fatty tissue growths known as lipomas. These growths develop directly under the skin and are one of the most common growths seen on the body. Although benign lipomas do not pose any life threatening concern, these growths are painful and uncomfortable. They can grow into the deeper muscle, push on nerves and interfere in daily or physical activities. This is the medical justification for removal, and the tissue is sent to pathology to confirm it is not cancerous.
Am I a good candidate for Multiple Lipoma Removal?
Lipoma removal can enhance your cosmetic appearance and quality of life, especially for those whose lipomas have restricted them from physical activities, are uncomfortable, or have become extremely large. Once the lipoma reaches a certain size, or multiple lipomas have grown, movement may become restricted in the affected area, preventing you from enjoying or participating in physical activities which utilize a broad range of movement.
The best candidates for this procedure are patients who need relief from the discomfort and constricted movement caused by their lipomas. Once these growths develop, they are permanent unless removed surgically, and in many cases, lipomas will continue to grow larger. Although lipomas are not dangerous to your overall health, people typically have them removed to relieve their pain, discomfort and the disfigurement they cause.
About Your Procedure
How is a Multiple Lipoma Removal procedure performed?
Lipoma removal surgery often only requires local anesthesia and can be performed in approximately 30 minutes, but this depends on the size and number of the lipomas and the method of removal.
Lipomas can be excised using two different methods:
The liposuction method – For very large lipomas, the liposuction method allows for a smaller incision.
The excision method – This method is used more frequently. The skin is incised over the lipoma, and the fatty tissue is meticulously dissected away. The dissection technique may, in selected cases, be combined with a “press and squeeze” method. After the lipoma has been completely removed from under the skin, the incision will be meticulously sutured closed with dissolving sutures.
Preparing For Your Procedure
In the majority of cases, the lipoma removal may be performed on the same day of the consultation and will only require local anesthesia. However, if the lipomas are very large, or are in a more tricky location, then a separate appointment will be made. If necessary, twilight anesthesia, along with other medicines, may be arranged.
Aftercare And Recovery
Patients may return home immediately following their lipoma removal but should expect to return for a post-operative visit to ensure your treatment site is healing properly.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Lipomas can be Removed Permanently
Limitations And Risks
– Excessive bleeding
– Infection in the surgical wound
– Fluid accumulation(seroma) or blood accumulation (hematoma) under the skin