Lipoma

Lipomas are soft, fatty lumps that grow under your skin. They're harmless and do not usually need any treatment.


Symptoms

Lipomas are common.

They:

  • feel soft and squishy
  • can be anything from the size of a pea to a few centimetres across
  • may move slightly under your skin if you press them
  • are not usually painful
  • grow slowly

Lipomas often appear on your shoulders, chest, arms, back, bottom or thighs.

You can also get them in other places, like your temple.

When to get medical help

See a GP if:

  • you get a lump anywhere on your body
  • your lump is painful, red or hot
  • your lump is hard and does not move

A GP will usually be able to tell if the lump is a lipoma.

If there's any doubt, they may refer you for a scan to check it out.

In rare cases, lumps under your skin can be a sign of something more serious.

Surgery

Lipomas are harmless. They're not usually treated on the NHS.

You can pay a private clinic to remove a lipoma, but it may be expensive.

A GP can give you advice about where to get treatment.

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