A lipoma is a benign mass of fatty tissue that is found just below the skin. It is soft and rubbery to the touch. The cause is unknown, and weight does not have an impact on one`s tendency to develop lipomas. Lipomas are usually found on the neck, upper arms, upper thighs, and torso.
The size can remain unchanged or grow slowly over time. Most of the time they are not bothersome or painful depending where on the body they are located. They can be removed surgically, if they become infected, painful or aesthetically unappealing. Under local anesthesia an incision is made to remove the lipoma. A scar that is ½ – ⅔ the size of the lipoma will remain, but over time the scar’s appearance will gradually fade.