Lipoma Removal - Adelaide
Do you suffer from Lipomas causing you unwanted embarrassment and discomfort? Did you know that these unwanted skin lesions can be easily removed? Dr Targett is a GP specialising in dermatology. She has vast experience in the removal of skin lesions such as Lipomas. She will be able to perform a proper examination of the lesion prior to its removal to ensure that there is no suspicion of malignancy.
1) Your Lipoma excision will be performed under a local anaesthetic
2) removal is usually complete with 30 minutes.
3) Biopsy and further investigation will be performed if the lesion looks suspicious of malignancy
4) Reclaim your confidence when lesions are located in exposed places
How it works
What is a Lipoma?
Lipomas are benign lesions, meaning that are not cancerous. They are very common and present as harmless fatty lumps beneath the skin.
The cause of lipomas is unknown. There does appear to be a genetic component with Lipomas occurring most frequently within families having the trait. Most lipomas usually present between the ages of 40 to 60 years.
Lipomas may appear anywhere on the body, but are most commonly seen on the neck, back, chest, arms, shoulders and thighs. Lipomas grow from fat cells and may even grow inside the body where you not aware of them.
Most people only develop one or two lipomas, however some people develop lots of lipomas due to a condition known as Familial Multiple Lipomatosis.
What are the symptoms of a Lipoma?
Lipomas usually present with the following characteristics;
- They grow slowly
- They feel soft and doughy
- They are movable beneath the skin
- They are usually small, around 1ch in diameter, but can grow to 10cm in diameter.
- They are usually painless but can become painful when they grow large and compress nerves.
How are Lipomas diagnosed?
Lipomas are usually diagnosed by a physical examination and noting the physical characteristics of a lipoma, noted above.
If the lesion does not appear characteristic of a lipoma, the doctor will take a biopsy of the lesion and send away for pathology testing.
A biopsy is performed to ensure there is no possibility of cancer. A lipoma is not cancerous, however it may mimic a liposarcoma which is a malignant lesion. If the biopsy comes back positive for liposarcoma, further testing by CT or MRI will be required.
How is a Lipoma removed?
Lipomas are benign lesions and do not usually need to be removed.
Sometimes, however, they may grow large and cause pain or they may grow in obvious places which cause embarrassment. In such cases the lesion may be removed by a doctor for cosmetic / pain reasons.
The usual method to remove a lipoma is by surgical removal. Liposuction is sometimes used to reduce their size. Surgical removal is the recommended treatment as it will prevent the lesion from coming back in future. The lesion will need to be completely removed for it not to return in future.
The procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthetic and under sterile conditions. An incision will be made into the skin and the the lipoma lesion excised. Once removed the incision will be sewn closed.
Complications may include; pain, scarring, infection, swelling, bleeding.
Before & After
Dr Rahma Targett
Dr Rahma Targett is a General Practitioner(FRACGP), with a specialty in Cosmetic Medicine. She founded Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in 2016 and has since become well known as a trusted and in demand Cosmetic Physician in Adelaide. She has a Diploma in Dermoscopy and a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Targett is a leader in her field and regularly attends Cosmetic conferences to keep up to date with modern aesthetic techniques. At advanced Cosmetic Medicine you can always be reassured that you will be welcomed and treated personally by Dr Rahma Targett.