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Lipoma – Pictures, Symptoms, Causes,

Removal, Treatment
Written by Dr.Mary. Last updated on October 3rd, 2017

What is a Lipoma?
This is a very slow growing, IN THIS ARTICLE:
fatty lump normally found What is a Lipoma?
situated between the skin Lipoma Symptoms
and the muscle layer Lipoma Causes
underneath the skin. Most
Lipoma Treatment
often a lipoma is very simple
to identify since it will easily
move if there is any pressure
on it. When touched it is very
doughy and normally not
tender. There may be more
than one. They can develop
at any age but most often occur during mid life.

A lipoma is not a cancer and is typically not dangerous.

Lipoma Symptoms
Lipomas are usually found on back, neck, arms as well as shoulder, but
they can develop on any other part of the body. Additionally, men are
most likely to develop multiple lipomas than woman, although either sex
is more equally likely to have single developments.

Lipomas are:

Located right underneath the skin.

Soft as well as doughy to the touch.
Commonly small. But, they can grow larger.
Occasionally painful. They are painful if they grown and press on any
nearby nerves or if they contain many blood vessels.
Several features can add to the risk of developing a lipoma, including:

Between the ages of 40 and 60 years of age. They are most

frequently found in this age group.
Having other disorders. Individuals with these disorders including
adiposis dolorosa, Bannayn-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, Madelung
disease, Cowden syndrome as well as Gardner syndrome seem to
have increase frequency of developing multiple lipomas.
A lipoma is very rarely a severe medical problem. But when you notice a
swelling or lump any place on your body, it needs to be checked by your
primary care physician.

Often, the most troublesome symptom is the location or the increase in

size which makes the lipoma obviously noticeable by others.

There are various lipoma types including:

Solitary and involves connective tissue, along with blood vessels and

Causes lots of pain and has all the typical characteristics of a lipoma as
mentioned above

Neural fibrolipoma
This lipoma pressurizes nerves

Intradermal spindle cell lipoma

Affects women and grows on the neck, trunk and head.

Spindle-cell lipoma
Mostly prevalent in men and grows on back, shoulders and neck.

Chondroid lipoma
Type of lipomas that grows on legs of women, are yellowish and deep

Pleomorphic lipoma
Types of spindle cell lipomas mostly affects old men and can be id’d by
floret giant cells.


A tumor of fat tissue or adipose tissue

Lipoma Causes
The cause of a lipoma actually is not known. Many experts believe there
is a link which is genetic to their growth since they are prone to run in
families. Additionally, injuries such as a blow to the body appear to
trigger their growth.

Lipoma Treatment
To make a certain diagnosis of a lipoma, your physician will do the

Physical exam
Tissue sample removal or biopsy for lab exam
Ultrasound or other imaging tests for instance a CT scan or MRI
especially if the lipoma is large, has unusual features or appears to
be deeper than the fatty tissue.
There is a slight chance that a lump which resembles a lipoma can
actually be a kind of cancer known as liposarcoma. Liposarcomas –
cancerous tumors in fatty tissues that rapidly grow do not move under
the skin and are normally painful.

Lipomas do not normally require any treatment. Since they are not
cancerous tumors and can not become cancerous, it really is not
necessary to remove them. There is no treatment known to prevent
them or affect their growth. But surgically removal is recommended if
any of these symptoms develop:

Become tender or painful

Become inflamed or infected repeatedly
Drains discharge which is foul-smelling
Interferes with function or movement
Increases in size
Becomes bothersome or unsightly
Lipomas may be eradicated in the physician’s office or also in an
outpatient surgery center. The physician will inject a local anesthetic
around the lipoma, then make an incision in the skin, remove the growth
and close the incision with stitches. If the lipoma is in an area that may
not be easily reached with a simple incision thru the skin, the lipoma
might need to be removed under general anesthesia in the operating

Other methods of removal besides surgical include:

Steroid injections
This treatment shrinks the lipoma but normally does not completely
eliminate the tumor.

This treatment uses a large syringe and a needle to remove the fatty
lump. But it is rather difficult to remove the entire lipoma.

There are several herbal remedies for lipoma and they include:

Chickweed tincture may be obtained at any herbal store. Take 1
teaspoon of this 3 times each day. It might be more effective to obtain a
chickweed ointment at the herbal store to rub directly onto the affected
area of the skin. Apply this ointment once a day. If this doesn’t help
either by shrinking the lipoma or eliminating the discomfort, try another
herbal remedy.
Bitter herbs and foods will increase the body’s ability to digest fats which
is exactly what a lipoma is. The bitters stimulate the gallbladder and
liver which speeds up the ability to metabolize fat. Bitter herbs include
yarrow, gentian, wormwood, rue, golden seal, centaury, southernwood
as well as boneset. Bitter foods include olives, dandelion greens,
unsweetened chocolate or citrus peel.

Lemon Juice
Add lemon juice to the water that you drink. Lemon juice eliminates
toxins from the body by strengthening as well as stimulating the
digestive system and purifying the liver.

Apply a cedar ointment on the affected area of the skin 3 times a day.
Combine 5 drops of cedar extract with a couple of teaspoons of water
and drink 3 times day. Then massage the ointment into the skin where
the lipoma is.

Lipoma Pictures
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Ted on 16 Mar 2011 at 9:53 pm

Thank you ;the info was very helpful to me.

Parveen on 27 May 2011 at 12:03 pm

I have lipoma at my back bone just at vest. I am facing many problems and
serious pain in back, neck. legs, heels and in over all body. I cant sit and
also can not sleep properly. This information helped me a lot for proper
medication. Thanks again

tawnya on 02 Jul 2011 at 4:05 pm

Thank you this is very good information.

Shazia on 11 Jul 2011 at 10:13 pm

This information was very helpful and explained many of the symptoms what
I was going through,It’s good to know that I’m not the only one suffering in
pain alone in silence .

Josie on 14 Jul 2011 at 1:53 pm

Hi my husband has a lipoma on his forearm and on his lower back he has
had them for a couple years now and it has not bothered him however a few
days ago he developed one on his left chest region close to the aureola it is
very painful what are the chances that this one is cancerous? Also can you
tell me if the formation of more lipomas is possible.

Carol on 30 Jul 2011 at 12:26 pm

I have a lipoma on my forehead. I am getting it removed next week. I am

scared because of it being on my forehead.

Sarawjeet on 20 Aug 2011 at 7:39 am

My mother had lipoma on your backbone. It existed as a very small growth

for over 30 years and had to be removed when it began big in size and
painful. It was a small surgery for about 20 mins and she was fine after that.

Naveen on 20 Aug 2011 at 6:29 pm

This is a very good information to know about the cause of the problem.

Henry777 on 26 Aug 2011 at 11:02 am

I have a lipoma on my upper back, merging to my neck about 4″ wide and 5″

long. I just noticed another barely growing by my upper chest bone and the
right side of my neck looks more fat than my left side. I will not take off my
shirt at the beech. I don’t have insurance. I am 5’8″ and weigh about 210. I
guess I should loose lots of weight and save some money for surgery but I
am going to try those herbal remedies first. Thank you for the advice.

RAVIKANT on 28 Aug 2011 at 3:22 pm

I have many multiple lipoma’s in my body. So Please what is the proper

treatment and treatment cost and time?
durai on 31 Aug 2011 at 2:24 pm

i have a lot of lipomas in my arms , how can I decrease lipomas in my arms

and how to control this type of lipoma.

CHRISTINE on 01 Sep 2011 at 10:50 pm

I have many lipomas throughout my body, some are painful, some are not. I
have been diagnosed with Dercums Disease – this is basically painful
lipomas. The only way to get rid of them is to have them surgically removed.
If you choose this, be cautious that the lipoma must be removed completely,
otherwise it will grow back quickly and much worse.

GB on 11 Sep 2011 at 8:49 pm

Thanks very much. I have a lipoma on my back. 1inches from my spine. It

doesnt hurt and it doesnt move when In put pressure on it. Your info had
educated me when I go to the Dr. In my country you need all the info you
can get, because our medical system is of no use.

TONY L on 11 Sep 2011 at 11:58 pm

I have suffered with lipomas for 33 years, in the last several years, I have
had 7 surgically removed due to intense pain/discomfort. 2 on my chest, 3
on my arms, and 2 on my lower back. the smallest, on my lower back was
the size of a pea, and pressed on the sciatic nerve, affecting my left leg, and
rotation movement in my back. A 30 minute operation under local anesthetic,
improved my life by an immeasurable amount.

Anonymous on 19 Sep 2011 at 4:05 pm

i have many lipoma in my body .is it cure in medicine?

KHALIL on 24 Sep 2011 at 11:47 pm

I have one on my back neck. And it is large in size. Im going to operate it

may be next month. However, i will try the remedy as early as possible.
Anonymous on 25 Sep 2011 at 1:33 am

i have lipoma for over 12 years ,does not give any concern,painless,i think is
becoming obvious when i wear slimfited cloth,should i go for an operation?

CECE on 29 Sep 2011 at 8:25 pm

I have a lipoma on the back of my neck. It has been there for three years.
Within the last six months, it has grown in size and it is very painful. My neck
stiffens up sometimes and i get frequent headaches. My doctor said that the
lipoma is not causing my headache, but i beg to differ. I am considering
getting it removed because i can’t turn my neck in the direction of the lipoma.
It is big and ugly and i can’t take it anymore.

Barbie on 30 Sep 2011 at 10:20 am

Thanks for all the imput HOWEVER make sure it is a lipoma and Not CTX, I
have both CTX is a lipid storage disease in the leukodystrophy family there
is meds

Rick on 06 Oct 2011 at 5:55 am

My daughter she is 13 years old has lipoma all over her arms they are
getting bigger. What can i do for her? She is very active in sports and we are
worried. It could affect her ability to have a normal live.

minesh modi on 08 Oct 2011 at 9:49 am

Hi to all viewers of this article..

I have lipoma tumor on my body mainly on both arms, thighs and at
abdominal side. I have more than twenty tumors on my body. After reading
this..I’m totally tension free as it is not cancerous and cant convert into
cancer. thanks

mbali on 26 Oct 2011 at 10:37 am

you better go. I had mine on my back neck, i took it out last Friday in hospital
it is not painful to take it out and i am at work today.

ditesh mondal on 27 Oct 2011 at 9:15 pm

I have lipoma allover the body. Pain less but i got lipoma on liver also. that
causes liver disorder some time. i am facing problem for that. I need help?

Hiru on 08 Nov 2011 at 1:02 am

thank you giving such a good informations..

Maggie - NZ on 11 Nov 2011 at 12:34 am

I am in my early 60’s and have suffered with these things for years. I have
had several removed 12 in all and find now that I have at least another 15 to
be removed some of which are painful. My first one appeared when I was 19
years old after someone slammed a door into my back and the handle hit
me in the middle of my back. If I had the money I would have them all
removed by liposuction but alas they have to be removed singularly. No-one
else in my family suffer with these little critters siblings or my children. On
my arms they are quite large and are quite noticeable.

BRENDAH on 12 Nov 2011 at 4:27 pm



Jo on 18 Nov 2011 at 9:25 pm

This is the first one I have had and am just waiting for an ultra scan, it is at
the top of my right leg and feels numb but keep getting shooting pains down

Niloufer on 20 Nov 2011 at 12:02 pm

I have many small lipoma in my body parts like hands, my back, neck i don’t
know what to do, but i concern to my family doctor and she said its not a big
issue to worry and she did not prefer me any medicines, but i’am still worried
about lipoma and the growth of lipoma in my body

Jenks on 22 Nov 2011 at 3:16 am

I am 41years old and have never suffered with Lipoma…I noticed what i
thought was a spot that seem to get bigger and bigger?? its now a large soft
lump about 5″ round on back of neck near middle.. I have suffered with this
for over a year now complaining to my doctor some 6 times to get this
removed as it has got bigger and bigger.. I am also suffering from severe
tiredness all the time? my lower legs ache from the shins down and around
my ankles, i have full blood tests all come back totally clear yet still tired all
the time?. I am due to have General Anasetic in January 2012 to have this
removed just hope aches and pains/tiredness go too??

ravi on 10 Dec 2011 at 5:53 pm

I have multiple small in size lipoma over right and left arm i want to know
treatment of to prevent growth of lipoma

tanveer on 11 Dec 2011 at 2:09 pm

I’m a student and this really increased my knowledge about lipoma!!!

K on 13 Dec 2011 at 7:18 pm

I have one growth in my right eye – slowly growing (about the size of a pea)
and now a small growth starting in my left eye. Anyone else have these
cycts in their eye?

BC on 14 Dec 2011 at 9:38 am

I just got extracted one compressing right hand radial nerve with
impingement. It is benign and surgery helped.

Sue on 15 Dec 2011 at 8:17 am

I was told I have a bakers cyst behind my right knee, and a 1 inch lipoma
behind that, not palpable but seen on an ultrasound. I am now told I need an
MRI to rule out anything more serious. Why didn’t I get the MRI first.

Anonymous on 17 Dec 2011 at 6:14 am

A year ago I noticed a large 5″ x 6″ lipoma on the front of my left thigh. It

doesn’t hurt but is rather unsightly. Neither my doctor or my dermatologist
had any advice as to what to do about it. Does anyone have any comment?
navi on 17 Dec 2011 at 11:05 am

Thanks for the good information, but need a permanent remedy.

harjeet kaur Rahi on 26 Dec 2011 at 8:46 pm

Many-many thanks for your this kind information.

Estr on 12 Jan 2012 at 9:40 pm

I have a large Lipoma 4×4 in size.

I was due to have surgery in December, it was postponed because I
developed a cold. I was reluctant to have the surgery done,and I am glad I
waited. I will try some of the alternative treatments you recommended. thank

M S KHAN on 14 Jan 2012 at 8:37 pm


Kevlar on 18 Jan 2012 at 5:31 am

Thanks for the info. I am 34 years old and have had lipomas since my late
teens. I have several all over my body. But for the last 10 years or so have
had bad back pain, lower back has several lipomas and am going to get
them checked to see if having them removed will relieve my back pain.

Anupam on 18 Jan 2012 at 5:53 pm

Thanks! The information about lipoma really cleared all my doubts.

Anonymous on 19 Jan 2012 at 12:53 pm

lipoma is cured 100 % with homeopathic treatment,

and what ever inf is given in this site is very useful, and thanks to co
dr nirav d dave

Eric on 21 Jan 2012 at 2:03 am

I went to see a doctor today regarding a lump above my navel. She told me
that it was a LIPOMA and it was nothing to worry about. Everything she said
is here in this information.

Anonymous on 05 Feb 2012 at 1:08 am

I have a large one on my right inner thigh… is not painful but it is

uncomfortable because on thigh is bigger than the other and it is visible
through my clothing….any suggestions on what to do?

Ruchi on 11 Aug 2012 at 11:01 am

I’m going get married next year. My fiancee has so many lipoma’s all over
his body. I want to know if it is dangerous for me and for my baby in future..?

Raleen Hilton on 16 Aug 2012 at 11:59 pm

Hi, I just found out that i have lipoma tumor in my fatty tissue close to my
heart… that means its more of a risk to be cancerous. I am very concerned
about my health because its bad already. Should I be attending treatment? It
sticks outta my skin like 1 cm. Let me know what i should do please asap. Its
also very painful, doughy and does not go in when I lay down!!!

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