A lipoma is a common skin growth that can be diagnosed and treated by a clinical dermatologist in your area. Lipomas typically develop slowly, and appear between the skin and the underlying layer of muscle. These skin growths may feel lumpy, doughy, or fatty to the touch, and will move around when pressure is placed on them. They most often develop on the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms, and thighs.
Lipomas are not typically painful unless they put pressure on nearby nerves, or contain many blood vessels. They're not cancerous, but your dermatologist might recommend surgical removal of a lipoma if it is painful or growing. Lipomas can also be successfully treated via steroid injections, cosmetic surgery, or liposuction.
If you develop any sort of skin growth, whether painful or not, you should visit one of our clinical dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our cosmetic dermatology specialists can determine if the growth is cancerous or benign, and recommend treatment or removal options. To schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in one of our 140 convenient locations across the country, call us today at (866) 400-3376.