Lipoma Removal

Lipomas are benign, fatty growths found under the skin which can be cosmetically bothersome or lead to discomfort depending on where they are located. While it is usually unnecessary to remove a lipoma for medical reasons, you can choose to have one removed by your dermatologist if it bothers you. At Arlington Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists are ready to assess your lipoma and safely remove it if you desire.

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What Is Lipoma Removal?

A lipoma is a fatty growth just below the skin’s surface. While harmless, you may want to have a lipoma removed if it is in an irritating position or causes you to feel self-conscious because of its appearance. Your dermatologist can help to remove your lipoma safely and simply. 

How Do I Prepare for Lipoma Removal?

No specific care is required at home prior to the day of your lipoma removal. In the days before your lipoma removal procedure, you should avoid:

  • Shaving the area
  • Traumatizing the area

What Should I Expect with Lipoma Removal?

Lipomas are typically removed via surgical excision. Your dermatologist will thoroughly cleanse the area before numbing your skin using a local anesthetic. Then, the lipoma is carefully cut away from the skin, and stitches are placed as necessary. You can then return home as soon as the lipoma removal is complete.

What Should I Expect After Lipoma Removal?

Following lipoma removal, you will have bandages placed over the treated area to cover any stitches that have been placed. Any mild discomfort can be managed by taking over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You should not have trouble going about your normal routine but may wish to avoid rigorous exercise or athletic activities for about 1-2 weeks after your lipoma removal. During your appointment, your dermatologist will provide any other specific instructions for you to follow as your skin heals from lipoma removal. 

Schedule an Appointment 

If you have a lipoma that bothers you for cosmetic reasons or causes discomfort, schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist. At Arlington Dermatology, we can remove lipomas quickly, safely, and easily.

To schedule your appointment at Arlington Dermatology, please call our office or contact us online.