What is lipoma?

A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty tumor situated between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. Often a lipoma is easy to identify because it moves readily with slight finger pressure. It's doughy to touch and usually not tender. You could have several that persist for years. Lipomas can occur at any age, but they're most often detected in middle age.

A lipoma isn't cancer and is usually harmless. Treatment generally isn't necessary.

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Lipoma symptoms include:

  • Location. A lipoma is a flattened lump located just under your skin. Lipomas often occur in the neck, shoulders, back, arms and thighs.

  • Feel. A lipoma feels soft and doughy and moves easily with slight finger pressure.

  • Size. Most often, lipomas remain small less than 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter but they can grow large, reaching more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) across.

  • Pain. Lipomas can be painful if they grow and press on nearby nerves, or if they contain many blood vessels.

Because it grows slowly, you might have a lipoma for years before you notice it.


The exact cause of lipomas isn't clear. Sometimes lipomas are detected after an injury. But it's uncertain whether they're caused by the trauma or whether their detection was just incidental. Lipomas also tend to run in families, so genetic factors likely play a role in their development.


Often, treatment of a lipoma is not necessary, unless the tumor becomes painful or restricts movement. People opt for treatment largely for cosmetic reasons.

Lipoma is a true surgical condition as medicines cannot dissolve the accumulated fat. Hence surgical removal is the mainstay management for Lipoma. If they do not harm you, they are better not disturbed surgically.

Suggestion about homeopathic treatment:

Homoeopathic treatment is one way of non-surgically treating this condition,though the chances are very minimal for good result. The Chances are 25-30%