What are Lipomas?

Lipomas are soft and painless benign or localized tumors of adipocytes (or fat cells). They are localized mainly in sites where normal adipocytes or fat cells are found. These localized fat tumors are mainly seen in certain locations like the trunk, back, neck, and shoulders. Apart from certain locations, they can be present anywhere in the body. Lipoma’s size may range from 1 to more than 10 cm. sites where

What is Lipoma Surgery?

Lipoma surgery is the surgical procedure aiming to remove the lipoma or the benign tumors of fat cells. Lipoma surgery is done mainly to excise large lesions that are more than 10 cm (>10 cm) or if there are multiple benign tumors or lesions. Lipomas that appear as minute and solitary lesions can also be removed through laser surgical excision.

Laser Surgery for Lipoma Removal

Laser lipolysis is an advanced modern-day procedure used to remove lipoma at specific body sites. This commonly accepted method of removing unwanted adipose tissues (fatty tissue) involves the liquefaction of fats by laser. Laser lipolysis or lipoma removal works by coagulating minute blood vessels and promoting collagenases. Laser technology involves different wavelengths that are specifically selected to promote lipolysis and target the localized fatty tissues of lipoma. 

Advantages of Lipoma Removal by Laser:

  • 1. Fast recovery of patients undergoing lipoma removal
  • 2. According to estimations from 2,000 patients who underwent lipoma removal, they returned to their daily scheduled activities within 1 to 2 days. 
  • 3. Lipoma removal by laser surgery gives lesser pain post-surgery.
  • 4. Diminished ecchymoses (discoloration of the skin due to bleeding)
  • 5. Almost negligible edema.
  • 6. Removal of fatty tissues with a small cannula approximately 1mm in size poses less trauma in removing fat.
  • 7. Laser lipoma removal is suited for many locations like hips, back, and male breast, 
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Side effects of laser lipoma surgery

Laser lipoma surgery have least side effects in comparison to other surgical procedures:

  • 1. The disintegration of surrounding adipose tissue
  • 2. Local thermolytic effect
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Glamyo Health -Best platform for Lipoma Treatment

  • 1. USFDA Approved lipoma surgery 
  • 2. No cuts and scars or stitches
  • 3. 30 min laser surgery procedure to treat lipoma
  • 4. 1-day discharge with easy scheduling
  • 5. Painless modern-day procedure
  • 6. No complications or Side Effects
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What can be a differential Diagnosis for Lipoma?

The differential diagnosis for lipoma includes 

  • 1. Epidermoid cysts
  • 2. Hibernomas
  • 3. Angiolipomas
  • 4. Angiomyolipomas
  • 5. Epidermoid cysts have a punctum or tiny sharp point at a particular surface. The lesions that lack punctum are the same as lipomas. 
  • 6. Hibernomas are very rare and benign. They grow slowly, and these brown fat outgrowths are typically 3 to 12 cm. 
  • 7. Angiolipomas are painful lipomas typically present on the forearm of younger adults. They are well-circumscribed of less than 2 cm in width.
  • 8. Angiomyolipomas are mainly found in male adults in acral locations 
  • 9. Liposarcomas are deep tumors usually present on the thighs.
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Complications of Lipoma removal

Complications after excising lipoma include

  • 1. Hematoma
  • 2. Seroma
  • 3. Ecchymosis
  • 4. Infection
  • 5. Deformities
  • 6. Injury to localized structures
  • 7. Excessive scarring
  • 8. Fat embolus
  • 9. Ordinary lipomas can recur locally in almost 5% of lipoma cases 
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Complications arising due to lipomas

  • 1. Gastrointestinal lipomas can cause bleeding after ulceration and other obstructive symptoms.
  • 2. Cardiac lipomas may lead to embolism interfering with the cardiac anatomy chamber. 
  • 3. Local lipomas have been seen to cause localized nerve compression
  • 4. Enlargement of lipomas can compress the surrounding structures and even nerves. 
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There is evidence that largely the lipomas are benign, and they do not have a tendency to recur after getting lipoma surgery. According to the expert’s advisory, lipomas need to be completely excised from the capsule to minimize the recurrence risk.

What is Lipoma Surgery Cost in India?

The cost of Lipoma surgery depends on the degree of lipoma, and the type of surgery opted for removing lipoma. Different hospitals have different price ranges depending on the facilities they provide. 

Lipoma Removal surgery costs Rs 20,000 for minor lipoma removal surgery to 50,000. 

What a person can expect after getting  lipoma surgery?

After getting lipoma surgery, the patient may experience discomfort for a few hours or even days. 

Lipoma surgery to remove lipoma on the scalp may result in a headache. 

These usual symptoms are manageable with over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen and acetaminophen for atleast 1 to 3 days. 

Ice can also be applied periodically if the doctor or concerned surgeon advises in the follow-ups.

Intense physical activities and exercises must be avoided for atleast a week to heal surgical wounds properly.

Lipoma Removal by Surgical Procedure

Surgical management of gastrointestinal tract lipoma

Endoscopy or colonoscopy has been utilized to treat or remove lipomas in the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract ). The colonoscopy technique for removing GI lipomas has a high risk of perforations in the colon.

Surgical procedures recommend complete excision of the lipoma capsule to prevent a recurrence. 

Intracardiac lipomas have lobules, which must be completely removed to assure a better surgical outcome. 

Removing subcutaneous lipomas mainly for aesthetic or cosmetic reasons requires precise incisions that do not compromise beauty. Therefore, cosmetically approved incisions must be made. The incisions for lipoma surgery are usually placed in the mass of skin tension to give a single line only.

Who is the best doctor for treating lipoma using lipoma surgery?

The best experts for lipoma surgery need to be chosen. Glamyo Health provides the most experienced surgeons certified to perform cosmetic surgeries like lipoma removal. Doctors specializing in treating skin disorders are dermatologists with expertise in lipoma removal. Such trustworthy doctors are available at Glamyo Health to perform lipoma surgery. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does the Surgery Execute?

Most lipoma surgeries are done after giving local anesthesia to reduce the sensation of a particular lipoma in a specific portion of the body. Local anesthetic medicine needs to be injected into tissues and skin at a specific lipoma site to numb the site in preparation for surgery. 

The lipoma is removed without giving pain to the patient during lipoma surgery. The patients remain in their senses while getting lipoma removed. A medical caretaker, like a nurse, is responsible for caring for all the requirements during the surgery. There can be enhanced sedation in case there is a large lipoma that needs to be removed. 

There are various tests performed before giving any anesthesia. This is further documented that a patient is suitable to receive the anesthesia type required for the removal of a large or minor lipoma. 

Dissolvable minor stitches are made that are almost invisible on the skin. Hence, they do not compromise their beauty and looks. The wound or minor stitch area is covered with sterilized strips. The perfect dressing is done after the surgery to allow wound healing in less than a week. 

Surgical removal has become the treatment of choice to get rid of lipomas

Yes, surgical removal is a no-time procedure to eliminate lipomas by cutting them out with advanced minimally invasive laser technology. Complete removal also ensures that there are no recurrences after getting lipoma surgery once. 

Possible side effects of lipoma removal surgery

  • 1. Scarring (mostly temporary)
  • 2. Bruising
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The technique of minimal excision and lipoma extraction gives the least scars.

Surgery to remove multiple Lipomas

Multiple Lipoma Surgery done by combining liposuction and excision is considered a safer option and a trustable alternative to removing the lipoma.

The spite of lipoma and its recurrence has not been documented in research studies.

In many cases, liposuction is performed using a small incision to give satisfactory cosmetic and aesthetic results. Therefore, reducing lipoma size and subsequent removal of lipomatous residues is an easy technique that removes large lipomas without expanding surgical incisions. 

What are the risks or complications associated with Multiple Lipoma Removal Surgery?

Complications after rempoving lipoma:

  • 1. Hematoma (pooling of blood usually underneath skin)
  • 2. Seroma (build-up of fluid)
  • 3. Ecchymosis (discoloration of the skin due to bleeding under the skin)
  • 4. Infection of the wounds 
  • 5. Deformities of adjacent tissues
  • 6. Injury to the surrounding tissues or cells
  • 7. Excess scarring
  • 8. Fat embolus (accumulated fat particles)
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How Will You Get Recovered From Lipoma Surgery?

Lipoma removal by laser surgery allows patients to return to their daily activities within 2-3 days. In contrast, stitched wounds with traditional surgical methods take almost 10-14 days for complete healing. Generally, patients are asked to rest throughout this period and avoid heavy strenuous exercise. Individuals may return to the desk job(office job ) the next day.

At what size should a lipoma be removed?

Lipomas measuring 5 cm or 2 inches need surgical removal as they might grow further, causing unnecessary complications. Lipomas in a single dimension can show malignancy; they may be painful if they compress nearby blood vessels or nerves or if they contain many blood vessels.

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