What are the treatment options for lipomas?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Small, asymptomatic lipomas require no treatment. However, definitive treatment is surgical excision. Indications to excise lipomas vary but are largely performed for cosmetic reasons; to evaluate their histology, particularly when liposarcomas must be ruled out; when they cause symptoms; or when they grow and become larger than 5 cm (because larger lipomas hold a small but increased risk of liposarcoma development). In certain cases, liposuction has been used to remove large lipomas in anatomically sensitive locations.


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