Lipomas are small lumps found below the skin. They are soft and made of fatty tissue. They can vary in size from the size of a pea up to several centimetres across. Rarely they can be quite large and deep, attached to underlying muscle and can cause pain and restriction of movement. On the whole they are completely pain free and benign (non-cancerous).

What do they look like?

They are normally quite soft and found just under the skin. They are most often found over the chest, back, shoulders, neck and face. They can also occur on the thighs and the bottom. When felt they are often slightly mobile and painless. In the vast majority of cases they do not cause any pain or discomfort.

Can they be removed?

Lipomas can normally be easily removed. The removal of lipomas is often considered a cosmetic procedure and hence is often not available on the NHS. Only rarely when the lipomas are quite large and deep can it be difficult to get them removed.

How are lipomas removed?

Lipomas can either be cut out (excised) or reduced in size using laser or plasma devices. This procedure can often be conducted under local anaesthetic. Only when the lipomas are very large and extending deep is a general anaesthesia (getting put to sleep) required.

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©Individual results may vary.

Rejuvence Philosophy

At Rejuvence, we have extensive experience in the treatment and removal of lipomas. We are able to achieve an excellent cosmetic result in the vast majority of patients. For further information please book a free consultation.


The most common technique used to treat lipomas is excision (cutting out). As mentioned above this is normally carried out under local anaesthesia. Apart from the slight sting of the local anaesthesia, this procedure is completely painless. A small incision is made over the lump and the lipoma identified. It is then separated away from the surrounding tissue and pulled up to the surface. The stalk of the lipoma is cut away and the bed cauterised to ensure there is no bleeding. Once completely removed the incision is stitched closed.

There will be a small scar over the site of the lipoma. This scar is often the length of the lipoma at most. In the vast majority of people the scar heals well and an excellent cosmetic result is achieved. Rarely, when the lipoma is located over the shoulders, chest or back, and the individual is susceptible, a keloid scar can develop. This is a raised scar that can end up being quite prominent. At your initial consultation, we will be able to advise on the likelihood of this occurring. In addition any resultant keloids can be treated to reduce them in size. Further information on keloids and their treatment is available on keloid section.

It is rare for lipomas to return once they have been excised.

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