Deep-seated lipoma on the chest wall
Lipoma on the right axillary area
Lipoma – Mayo Clinic
A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump that’s most often situated between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. A lipoma, which feels doughy and usually isn’t tender, moves readily with slight finger pressure. Lipomas are usually detected in middle age. Some people have more than one lipoma.
A lipoma isn’t cancer and usually is harmless. Treatment generally isn’t necessary, but if the lipoma bothers you, is painful or is growing, you may want to have it removed.
Lipomas can occur anywhere in the body. Lipomas are:
- Situated just under your skin. They commonly occur in the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms and thighs.
- Soft and doughy to the touch. They also move easily with slight finger pressure.
- Generally small. Lipomas are typically less than 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter, but they can grow.
- Sometimes painful. Lipomas can be painful if they grow and press on nearby nerves or if they contain many blood vessels.
Less frequently, some lipomas can be deeper and larger than typical lipomas.
When to see a doctor
A lipoma is rarely a serious medical condition. But if you notice a lump or swelling anywhere on your body, have it checked by your doctor.
Indications for removal of lipomas:
- If the clinical diagnosis of lipoma is uncertain and there is significant probability it could be something else, either other soft tissue benign tumore that needs removal or a soft tissue sarcoma (cancer)
- If the lipoma is functionally or cosmetically bothersome to the patient because of size and location