A lipoma is a clear commencement of the body fat (adipose tissue). It is also referred to the soft tissue tumor and are also soft to the touch. While they are painless, they are usually easy to remove. Most of the lipomas are small, however, they can grow to more than six centimeters. They are common in adults between the age of 35 to 50 years. However, children and young adults can have these lipomas. While other sources say that the cause of this disease is not yet known, others document that it resulted from malignant transformation.
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Types of Lipomas
- Angiolipoleiomyoma is solitary, acquired, and asymptomatic. It is also characterized by circumscribed tumors composed of blood vessels, smooth muscle cells, fat, and connective tissue.
- Adenolipomas are associated with sweat glands and eccrine.
- Angiolipomas is a special type of lipoma characterized by subcutaneous nodules having all other typical lipoma features.
- Chondroid lipomas are firm, deep-seated, yellow tumors occurring on women legs.
- Corpus callosum lipoma is one of the rarest congenital conditions affecting the brain. In most cases, this condition does not have any symptoms. It also occurs in the colossal commissure that contains a flat bundle of cortex fibers in the brain tissue.
- Hibernomas is a common type of lipoma with a brown fat.
- Cerebellar pontine angle is characterized by the swelling of the arteries.
- Spindle cell lipomas are slow-growing, asymptomatic subcutaneous tumors with a predilection neck, back, shoulders on aging men.
- Pleomorphic lipomas are fibro-fatty overgrowths along the trunk nerve leading to nerve concentration.
- Neural fibro lipomas fibro-fatty overgrowth tissues along the trunk.
- Superficial lipomas are most often on men and women of an older age. They lie below the skin surface. Hey also occur on the thigh, trunk, and forearm. Moreover, they have also located anywhere on the body.
It’s important to note that lipomas can only be properly diagnosed and treated by a licensed medical professional such as our experienced team here at Coastal Dermatology and Plastic Surgery.
Causes of Lipomas
This is not a hereditary condition such as the multiple lipomatosis. According to a recent study conducted by the American Genetic Foundation, there is a strong relationship between lipoma development and the HMG gene. This is the gene related to the development of obesity in the human body. These tumors develop by the effect of the gene. Many cases have also been presented where injuries have triggered the cause of lipoma. However, it is controversial to look at the development of lipoma and trauma.
Although lipomas are typically harmless, many men and women choose to have them removed for aesthetic reasons. Our doctors specialize in the removal of lipomas and have removed thousands upon thousands of lipomas here at our practice. During the procedure, our doctors will create a small incision to remove them and close the incision with a cosmetic closure to help minimize scarring and ensure patient happiness and satisfaction with the results.
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