Getting a lipomaremoved

Lipomas don't usually need to be removed unless they're causing problems, such as pain, or if there's uncertainty about whether it's a lipoma.

You may wantyour lipoma removed if it's large or in an obvious place and it's affecting your self-esteem. However, you may have to pay for this privately.

Removing a lipoma under these circumstances is regarded as cosmetic surgery , which is rarely available through the NHS. The NHS will usually only fund cosmetic surgery if the problem is affecting your physical or mental health.

Some privately practicing GPscan remove lipomas.Alternatively, youcanhave the procedure carried out in hospital as a day patient (meaning you won't need to stay overnight).

Small lipomas can be removed,with local anaesthetic used to numb the area. The doctor will cut the skin over the lump and remove the lipoma, before closing the wound with stitches.After the wound has healed, you'll be left with athin scar.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018