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Benign Tumors in the Fat Cells

Lipomas are benign tumors that develop in the fat cells beneath the skin. They are typically soft, rubbery to the touch, and movable. Lipomas can occur anywhere on the body but commonly appear on the arms, shoulders, back, and thighs. While their exact cause is unknown, they are thought to be linked to genetic factors. Lipomas are usually harmless and do not require treatment unless they cause discomfort or affect mobility.

Common Symptoms of Lipomas:

  • Soft, doughy lumps or bulges under the skin
  • Generally painless, but can cause discomfort if pressed or touched
  • Easy mobility of the lipoma when touched
  • Slow growth rate over time
  • Usually small in size, ranging from a few millimeters to several centimeters in diameter
  • Often found on the arms, shoulders, back, thighs, or neck
  • Rarely associated with other symptoms like redness, inflammation, or tenderness

Potential Causes of Lipomas:

  • Genetic factors: Inherited predisposition plays a role in developing lipomas.
  • Hormonal imbalances: Fluctuations in hormone levels may contribute to their formation.
  • Age: Lipomas tend to occur more frequently in middle-aged and older individuals.
  • Trauma: Injury to the fatty tissue can sometimes trigger the growth of lipomas.
  • Adipose tissue abnormalities: Disruptions in the metabolism of fat cells may lead to lipomas.
  • Other medical conditions: Certain rare conditions, such as adiposis dolorosa, can increase the likelihood of lipoma development.
  • Familial multiple lipomatosis: A rare genetic condition characterized by the presence of multiple lipomas throughout the body.
  • Certain medications: Some medications have been associated with an increased risk of developing lipomas, although the connection is not well understood.

Treatment Options for Lipomas

Treatment options for lipomas vary depending on the individual case. Surgical removal, such as robotic or laparoscopic procedures, may be considered. Medications or other medical modalities could also be recommended based on consultations and personalized treatment plans. For expert guidance and evaluation, schedule a consultation at Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, where Dr. Moore and her team can provide comprehensive care tailored to your specific needs.

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Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, led by board-certified surgeon Dr. Moore, offers expert evaluation and personalized care for lipomas. As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Moore provides advanced treatment options, including surgical procedures, tailored to your specific needs. Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation at our convenient Stone Ridge location and take the first step toward peace of mind and effective management of your lipomas.

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