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Reader Question: Liposuction for Lipoma?

Posted Nov 09 2009 12:00am

Reader Question:

Can I have liposuction to remove my lipoma to make the scar smaller?

Lipomas are written about frequently on the web. They are fatty tumors that are non cancerous but do slowly grow larger. Not every soft lump you can feel through your skin is a lipoma however. You don’t really know something is a lipoma for certain until you remove it and preferably send it for pathology. The “lipoma” you are feeling could be something else.

Liposuction works by breaking up fat into small pieces and removing most of it by suction. The question is using it on a tumor that has the possibility of growing back is: “Why would you want to break it up into pieces?” This could result in many of them growing back later. It could make a nice mess in a few years even if that lump is just a lipoma.

The bottom line is that I prefer not to use liposuction for soft fleshy tumors that might be lipomae. I don’t like taking the chance. I will post more later on these annoying and frequently ignored tumors.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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