What is a Lipoma?

Lipomas are fatty lumps that can occur anywhere in the body.

They are usually felt underneath the skin and can be uncomfortable and unsightly.

The majority of the time, they are nothing to worry about and do not need to be removed unless they become troublesome.

If there is a rapid growth in size or you develop symptoms such as pain or discomfort, then you should consult your doctor to make sure that it is not something more than a simple lipoma.

They can vary in terms of their number, size and location.


Often lipomas are solitary lesions, however they can be multiple and some people can have hundreds of lipomas.


Smaller ones may go unnoticed and it is only when they get larger that the can become a nuisance. They do not normally grow particularly large and are most commonly a few centimetres in diameter.


Lipomas can occur anywhere on the body. This is one of the main distinctions between lipomas and skin cysts. Skin cysts tend to occur just underneath the skin whereas lipomas can be deeper than this. In fact lipomas can occur quite deep and are sometimes beneath muscle and so can be difficult to remove. This is why it may be necessary to get a scan prior to lipoma removal for lipomas in certain locations.

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“The staff are friendly and inviting and the waiting room is fantastic. I had a shave excision of a mole on my forehead performed on the same day as my first consultation which was very convenient for me. At my six week check up there were no complications and I have been informed of exactly what to expect over the next few months.”

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Procedure: Mole Removal