A person with a lipoma will typically feel a soft, oval-shaped lump just beneath the skin.
Lipomas are usually painless unless they affect joints, organs, nerves, or blood vessels.
In most cases, they do not cause other symptoms.
Are lipomas hard or soft?
Lipomas are soft deposits of body fat that grow under the skin, causing round or oval lumps. Lipomas range in firmness, and some feel rather hard. The skin over the lipoma has a normal appearance. Lipomas rarely grow more than 3 inches (about 7.5 centimeters) across.
Do lipomas go away?
The most followed treatment for getting rid of a lipoma is surgical removal. “Vacuuming” out the lipoma typically doesn’t remove it all, and the remainder grows back slowly. Steroid injection. This may shrink but usually doesn’t fully remove the lipoma.
Why do you get lipomas?
Causes of Lipomas
Lipomas do tend to run in families, so genetic factors can play a role in their development. Some genetic conditions can cause a person to have one or more lipomas, including: Gardner syndrome, a condition that causes benign tumors to form. Adiposis dolorosa, a condition marked by the growth of
Do lipomas hurt when pressed?
Most lipomas are symptomless, but some are painful on applying pressure. Lipomas that are tender or painful are usually angiolipomas. This means the lipoma has an increased number of small blood vessels. Painful lipomas are also a feature of adiposis dolorosa or Dercum disease.