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Do you have a small, fatty lump on your back, arm, or elsewhere? Known as lipomas, these benign tumors are the most common type of growth below the skin. While they’re almost always harmless, they can be bothersome. At Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, the expert team can diagnose and treat lipomas. Find out more by calling one of the office locations in the Greater Houston Area or book a consultation online today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a lipoma?

A lipoma is a fatty tumor. Lipomas are the most common type of growth below the skin. Despite being called tumors, lipomas are generally harmless, but they can be unsightly or embarrassing.

Why does a lipoma form?

It’s not clear what causes them, but they seem to be more common in men and women between the ages of 40 and 60. If you have a family history of lipomas, you may be more likely to develop them. Lipomas form when a lump of fat collects between the skin and the muscle below. They can appear anywhere, but they’re most common on the upper body, arms, and thighs.

When should I visit the doctor for lipomas?

Noticing a lump somewhere on your body can be alarming, but lipomas are usually harmless. If you notice a lump or swelling, don’t hesitate to make an appointment to have it examined. Lipomas are often easy to diagnose with a physical exam. They may feel mushy or doughy when pressed and move easily below the skin. Most lipoma tumors are less than two inches across. Sometimes, lipomas can be bigger or even painful. If you have a lipoma that’s larger than two inches wide or if you have a painful lipoma, the team at Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery can recommend a treatment strategy that’s right for you.

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How are lipomas treated?

Most of the time, lipomas aren’t a sign of a more serious health condition. If your lipoma is small and painless, the doctors at Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery may recommend watchful waiting. The team can monitor any changes and adjust your treatment plan as needed. But lipomas can be painful in some cases, particularly if it bumps against a nerve or has blood vessels running through it. Some people find that large lipomas are embarrassing and change the way clothes fit. Lipomas can be removed with surgery.

Find out more about lipomas and what you can do about them. Call one of the Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery offices today or book an appointment online.

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At Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional dermatological care to the Greater Houston community. With a team of dedicated physicians, including dermatologists, dermatopathologists, Mohs surgeons, and plastic surgeons, we offer comprehensive services to address a wide range of skin conditions and concerns.

Founded on the principles of compassion, innovation, and expertise, we are committed to delivering personalized care tailored to each patient's unique needs. Our team of board-certified physicians brings together a wealth of experience and specialization in various aspects of dermatology, ensuring that our patients receive the highest standard of care possible.