Have you noticed an unusual growth on your body? If so, don’t panic. Many people jump to conclusions and assume the worst when they notice a lump on their skin. However, the growth may simply be a lipoma that can be safely removed without issue. These fatty growths are not dangerous and can be treated here at McLean & Potomac Dermatology. Contact one of our offices today to learn about our lipoma removal options.

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What Causes a Lipoma?

A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump that is most often situated under the skin. These feel doughy and move easily when slight pressure is applied. Lipomas are usually detected in adulthood, and it is not uncommon to have more than one. The cause of lipomas is unknown. These growths tend to run in families, so genetic factors are thought to play a role in their development.

A lipoma is not cancer and is usually harmless. They can develop anywhere in the body and commonly occur in the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms, and thighs.

How Do We Address Lipomas?

A lipoma is rarely a serious medical condition. Treatment generally isn’t necessary, but if it bothers you or is painful or swollen, you may want to remove it. These growths can be easily removed surgically. This procedure is called an excision, during which the skin is numbed with a needle, the lipoma is removed, and stitches are placed. The process is straightforward and rarely causes complications.

What to Expect From Treatment

The removal of these kinds of growths will require some recovery time. It takes about 10-14 days for stitches to fully heal. However, that time doesn’t have to be spent in bed. In fact, most people can return to work and their regular routines the day after their excision surgery. The only caveat is that you should avoid strenuous activity like exercise until your stitches are fully healed.

Find Lipoma Treatments in McLean, VA, or Potomac, MD

Certain growths may appear scary but are actually harmless. Still, if you have a lipoma, you may want it removed for aesthetic reasons. At McLean & Potomac Dermatology, we can safely remove these and other growths, ensuring they don’t return. Get in touch with one of our locations today to learn more.

You can reach us by messaging us through the Klara app on this website or giving us a call at (703) 356-5111.

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