Named Among the Best Plastic Surgeons in Boston
What Are Lipomas?
Lipomas are slow growing fatty masses that are usually benign (not cancer) and grow larger over time. Rarely, they can be malignant (cancer) in the form of a liposarcoma. Lipomas may feel soft, smooth, and move with pressure. They can become painful as they grow and push on surrounding tissues and become deforming. Lipomas can grow on all parts of the body and sometimes a patient may have more than one.
Dr. Taylor and Dr. Sullivan, top board certified plastic surgeons in the Boston Mass area, can gently and safely remove lipomas with the goals of reducing or eliminating symptoms, restoring normal contour or appearance, and establishing a diagnosis. Removal may be covered by your health insurance plan if medically indicated. Some patients may want lipomas removed for cosmetic reasons and do not need to use health insurance. The procedure is usually performed with just local anesthesia - the area is gently and carefully numbed with medicine and the patient feels no pain. Patients with larger lesions may benefit from sedation or anesthesia at the time of lesion removal.
The lipoma can then be removed through the smallest possible incision placed in a wrinkle or crease to minimize or hide the scar. For lesions on the scalp, unlike many other doctors, Dr. Taylor and Dr. Sullivan do NOT shave or remove hair. Removal is usually straightforward. The small wound can then be meticulously closed with stitches that are buried and dissolving, so stitch removal is not required. Patients recover quickly with little to no discomfort or interruption in their usual activities or work. The day of the procedure should be relaxing “like a day at the spa”.
This massive neck mass was a lipoma removed by Dr. Taylor and Dr. Sullivan. Lipomas are usually removed when they are small. Without removal, they can grow quite large and surround or invade surrounding critical structures. This lipoma in the neck extended for more than 20 cm and wrapped around sensitive nerves, blood vessels and muscles, which required careful and meticulous removal in the operating room with general anesthesia. When small lipomas are removed, it is usually performed under local anesthesia.
Call Today 617.492.0620
To schedule a private consultation with Dr. Taylor or Dr. Sullivan, please call the office or request an appointment using our form. We welcome your visit and your questions.
300 Mount Auburn St. Ste 304, Cambridge, MA 02138