What Is A Lipoma?
A Lipoma is a soft, fatty lump that grows under the skin. It is harmless and can usually be left alone.
Lipomas can occur on any area of skin where there are fat cells. They are usually seen on the shoulders, neck, chest, arms and back. Their range can be from the size of a pea to sometimes very large sizes and they usually grow slowly. The largest Lipoma Dr Kittel has ever seen was the size of a child’s head.
About one in 100 people develop a Lipoma, so they are fairly common. Patients often have one or 2, sometimes many more. Few patients have a larger number. This is an inherited condition called familial Lipomatosis.
How Can I Self Diagnose A Lipoma?
You can usually tell if a bump is a Lipoma by pressing it. It usually feels smooth and soft, like rubber or dough, and may move about under the skin.
I am not sure about my lump
If you are unsure what it is or want a review, please book a review appointment. We can usually confirm the nature of a lump just by examining it
Dangers of a wrong diagnosis
The answer to the question whether or not a Lipoma can be dangerous is, YES, but rarely. There is a rare cancer called Liposarcoma with about a chance of 1-2 per million per year in the UK. They are twice as common in men than in women. If you have a single Lipoma that has been fast growing recently then you should be referred to a specialist centre, i.e. in Oxford. Most patients I see had their Lipoma(s) for years or they have not grown and they are fine. But I am always aware of unusual cases. For example, I saw an older lady with a confirmed Lipoma by a GP and a Dermatologist and an MRI scan confirming it. I did not trust the story of recent growth on the forehead in an older lady and warned them and her nephew, who is a GP. But they really wanted me to go ahead and I did as a favour. I was proven right when it turned out to be a rare tumour. At least the removal diagnosed the problem, the lady had further specialist surgery and is alive and well.
Why getting Lipoma Removal Surgery?
There are a number of reasons to have Surgery, for example if your lump is large or in an obvious place and is affecting your self-esteem. We may also need to remove it if you have discomfort. For example, it may be pressing on a nerve and causing pain.
Cost of Lipoma Removal Surgery: £250* (arm and leg)
*The cost of surgery for the removal of a small Lipoma starts at £250. Every further small Lipoma removed during the same session is typically only an affordable £100. Click here for more detailed pricing. Please be aware laboratory cost and consultation are charged separately. The consultation is free for returning customers. Sometimes they do not need to be sent to the lab. Lipomas on back, front and shoulders particularly larger ones can be more expensive as they can be considerably more difficult to remove.
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Surgery at Thames Valley Surgical Services
If you wish to have your lump surgically removed, please contact us on 07973 66 33 55. We will freeze your skin using local anaesthetic prior to skin surgery. Afterwards, we remove your Lipoma(s) with as small an incision as possible. However, large Lipomas often require patient surgery, which can last up to 75 minutes. Small lumps on arms and legs are usually quickly removed. There is usually no more than a fine scar.
Make an appointment
To make an appointment you can contact us or book a clinic appointment online. Alternatively you can ask for a telephone appointment. If you do so, please read the section “How TVVS works”, thoroughly. In case you are worried about pain, please click here to see how we provide painfree surgery.
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Accessibility Information: Locations Appropriate for Referral or Treatment:
We provide Minor Surgery / Skin Surgery for Lipomas, Cysts, Warts, Moles, Skin Tags, Xanthelasmas and Split Earlobes in Maidenhead, Berkshire, which is near Windsor and Ascot and Heathrow Airport and close to London, South Buckinghamshire, South Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Surrey. TVSS are adjacent to Henley-On-Thames, Marlow, and Twyford. Also, we are close to Slough, Bracknell, Basingstoke, Egham and Gerrards Cross. Chalfont St Peter, Northolt, Harrow and Wembley. Rickmansworth, Richmond, Twickenham, Staines and Virginia Water. Sunningdale and Sunninghill, Ruislip, Reading, Wokingham and West Drayton. Uxbridge, Farnborough, Woking, Guildford. Oxford, Banbury, Milton Keynes and Coventry. Essex, Sussex, Kent, Swindon, Portsmouth and Bristol, Bath, Brighton, Eastborne and Southhampton are all no more than an 45 minutes to 2 hours away. Via the M4 we are also accessible to certain locations in South Wales