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How Lipoma Removal Surgery Is Done

Noticing any raised lump beneath your skin can be terrifying. However, in many cases, it is something benign, like lipoma. Of course, just because something isn’t cancerous doesn’t mean you want to keep it. Here is what you need to know about lipoma removal surgery in Huntington Station.

Lipomas: Harmless but Annoying

A lipoma is a raised lump of fatty tissue that grows between the skin and the fibrous capsule. They can develop anywhere on the body and are generally soft, painless, and if you aren’t bothered by them, can remain on the body. Learn more about why people get them? Causes & Symptoms of Lipoma.

With that said, many people are concerned about how to get rid of lipomas because they find them unattractive or dislike the way they feel. It is perfectly acceptable to choose to get rid of yours, but understand that removing a lipoma yourself is not advisable

How Lipoma Surgery Is Done

Lipoma surgery is typically done in an office or surgical center with local anesthesia numbing the surgical site, but the patient fully awake. For those with severe anxiety, twilight anesthesia might be an option. The length of surgery will depend on the size of the lipoma and if there is more than one to remove.

How lipomas are removed depends on what you and your surgeon feel are best. There are two options

Excision

The skin on the lipoma is cut open enough to allow access to the fat deposit. This tissue is then cut into smaller pieces and pulled out through the incision. Once the lipoma is fully removed, the incision will be sutured, stapled, or glued closed; which option is best depends on where the lipoma was located. This option is ideal if the lipoma was removed once and returned, as all affected cells can be eliminated.

Liposuction

The other option for a lipoma removal surgery in Huntington Station is liposuction. With this method, the patient will once again be given local or twilight anesthesia. A small incision will be made to allows for the insertion of a cannula. The fat cells are liquified, then suctioned out. Typically, this is the best method for facial lipomas, but it risks leaving cells behind that can grow a new lipoma.

It is impossible to know which of these options is best for you until you sit down for a consultation with a Nassau county laparoscopic doctor or dermatologist. To learn more, contact us today.