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Lipoma Removal surgically extracts benign fatty tumors.

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Overview

Understanding Lipoma

A lipoma is a common soft-tissue tumor formed with adipose tissue. They are usually soft to touch, movable, and painless. Lipomas can form in many shapes, sizes, and places on the body, often growing to more than six centimeters in diameter.

When Treatment is Recommended

Treatment is typically recommended when the lipoma grows in size, causing discomfort or cosmetic concerns. Lipomas are most often referred to plastic surgeons for safe, effective removal and to minimize and conceal scars.

Overview of Treatments Available

Lipoma removal treatments include endoscope-assisted removal, suction-assisted removal, minimal incision removal, and remote incision lipoma extraction. Liposuction is also a common method used to decrease incision size and scarring.

Key Takeaways

  • Lipomas are common soft-tissue tumors formed with adipose tissue, often growing to more than six centimeters in diameter.
  • Treatment for lipomas is typically recommended when they grow in size, causing discomfort or cosmetic concerns.
  • Various treatments are available for lipoma removal, including endoscope-assisted removal, suction-assisted removal, minimal incision removal, and liposuction.
  • The cost of lipoma removal can vary depending on the size and location of the lipoma, and the specific treatment method used.
  • Lipoma removal is a safe and effective procedure with the primary objective of removing the lipoma with minimal scarring and discomfort.
Help Choosing

Help Choosing

When having a lipoma removed, it's important to understand the differences between removing a small lipoma versus a large lipoma, as the size of the lipoma may influence the method of removal, recovery time, and potential for scarring.

  1. **Lipoma Removal (Small): **Small lipomas are typically less than 2 centimetres in size. The removal of small lipomas usually involves a minor surgical procedure, often performed under local anaesthesia. This process involves making a small incision over the lipoma and extracting it. The recovery is usually quick, and the risk of scarring is minimal, with scars often being small and less noticeable. This procedure is suitable for lipomas that are easily accessible and not deep-seated in the tissue.
  2. Lipoma Removal (Large): Large lipomas, typically larger than 2 centimetres, may require a more involved surgical procedure, sometimes under sedation or anaesthesia. The removal of a large lipoma often involves a larger incision, which may result in a more noticeable scar. The recovery time could be longer, and there's a higher chance of post-operative care, such as managing stitches or a drain. Large lipomas, especially those that are deep-seated, may necessitate careful removal to avoid damage to surrounding tissues or structures.

When considering lipoma removal, the decision between small and large removal options largely depends on the lipoma's size. However, other factors such as the lipoma's location, depth, and potential impact on surrounding tissues also play a role.

Consider consulting with a healthcare professional, such as your GP, a dermatologist or surgeon, to evaluate the lipoma and discuss the most appropriate removal method. They can provide guidance on what to expect during and after the procedure, including recovery and scarring.

Typical Costs & Insurance

The cost of Lipoma Removal can vary depending on the Private Provider that you choose. Enter your postcode and click search to compare the cost of Lipoma Removal directly on Odycy to find the best Lipoma Removal prices near you.

The cost of Lipoma Removal may be covered by private health insurance plans, depending on the specifics of the policy. Check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered.

For those without insurance or if insurance doesn't cover the cost of Lipoma Removal, self-pay options are available.

If you need to pay out of pocket to cover the cost of Lipoma Removal then finding an affordable option is easier with Odycy - enter your postcode and search for the service you need. You'll be able to directly compare Private Provider prices from the best Private Provider's near you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a lipoma?

A lipoma is a common soft-tissue tumor formed with adipose tissue. They are usually soft to touch, movable, and painless.

When is lipoma removal recommended?

Lipoma removal is typically recommended when the lipoma grows in size, causing discomfort or cosmetic concerns.

What are the treatment options for lipoma removal?

Treatment options include endoscope-assisted removal, suction-assisted removal, minimal incision removal, and liposuction.

What is the cost of lipoma removal?

The cost can vary depending on the size and location of the lipoma, as well as the specific treatment method used.

Is lipoma removal covered by insurance?

Coverage can vary depending on the individual's insurance plan and whether the procedure is deemed medically necessary.

Further Information

Condition Related Concerns

While lipomas are generally harmless, they can cause discomfort or cosmetic concerns if they grow large. In rare cases, lipomas can be associated with certain medical conditions or syndromes.

Causes of the Condition

The exact cause of lipomas is unknown, but they tend to run in families and are more common in adults between 40 to 60 years of age.

Treatment Approaches

Treatment options for lipomas include surgical removal, liposuction, and steroid injections. The choice of treatment depends on the size and location of the lipoma, as well as the patient's preferences.

Service Overview

Lipoma removal is a safe and effective procedure that can be performed using various techniques. The primary objective is to remove the lipoma with minimal scarring and discomfort. Liposuction, for instance, allows for a smaller incision and favorable aesthetic results.

Step-by-Step Guide to the Treatment

The lipoma removal procedure typically involves making an incision in the skin over the lipoma, removing the lipoma, and then closing the incision with sutures. In some cases, liposuction may be used to reduce the size of the lipoma before it is removed. After the procedure, a pressure dressing is placed to reduce the incidence of hematoma formation.

References

  1. Texas Facial Aesthetics. (2023). Cyst and Lipoma Removal.
  2. PMC - NCBI. (2014). Combined Liposuction and Excision of Lipomas: Long-Term Evaluation of a Large Sample of Patients.
  3. DAVinci Plastic Surgery. (2023). Remove Your Lipomas With This Safe, Simple Treatment in as Little as 30 Seconds!
  4. PMC - NCBI. (2017). Liposuction Assisted Lipoma Removal – Option or Alternative?
  5. AAFP. (2002). Lipoma Excision.

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