Lipoma removal is usually a simple procedure under local anesthesia. Majority of lipomas can be removed like an “marble” from a small incision. This takes about 5 minutes to perform. Dr Mehr closes the incision with disolvable sutures so there are no sutures outside for the best cosmetic result. There are some Lipomas that are larger and more fibrous and attached which require more work. The cost for removal is about $100.
A lipoma is a harmless lump of fat. There are several types. They are classified mainly by where they appear. They can occur anywhere. The most common location is just beneath the skin.
Most tissue in the body can grow beyond its normal limits and form a lump or tumor. Tumors come in two forms:
- Benign—stop growing after they reach a certain size (eg, moles , polyps, lipomas); some can turn into cancer, but lipomas do not
- Malignant—cancer, rarely stops growing