Lipoma removal surgery often only requires local anesthesia and can be performed as an out-patient procedure, but this depends on the size and number of the lipomas and the method of removal. The skin is incised over the lipoma, and the fatty tissue is meticulously dissected away. The dissection technique may, in selected cases, be combined with a “press and squeeze” method.
This procedure has a 99% "Worth it" rate.
What are the pros and cons of lipoma removal surgery?
- Surgically removing a lipoma prevents it from becoming larger.
- The removed tissue is large enough to biopsy and confirm that there’s nothing more serious going on. Sometimes doctors mistake liposarcoma (a malignant tumor) for deep seated lipoma, so removing it proactively could save your life.
- Once the growth is gone, you’ll likely feel more comfortable and be more satisfied with your appearance.
- There’s a small risk of infection or irritation at the removal site.
- The procedure will result in a small scar, so consider the location if that’s a concern.
- There is a chance of lipoma recurrence in the same site or surrounding tissue.