A lipoma is a harmless fatty tissue lump often situated between the skin. A lipoma is slow-growing and is not cancerous. Lipomas can develop anywhere on the body, most common on the back, trunk, arms, shoulders, and neck. If the lipomas are painful, they are removed surgically. Liposuction is an alternative to lipoma surgery in which a health care provider uses a needle and a large syringe to remove the fatty lump.

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I have developed lipomas on my body and face. How to reduce or eliminate these growths?

Query: Hello doctor, I have recently noticed that I have developed lipomas on my body and face. I am concerned about the appearance of these growths and would like to know if they are a cause for medical concern. I would appreciate it if you could provide me with information on the possible causes of lipom...  Read Full »

Dr. Kumar Sonal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Lipoma is not of much concern. Lipoma is a benign swelling that happens due to abnormal fat deposition at a localized site. However, they continue to increase in size, usually very slowly. I suggest you do not g...  Read Full »

I have had a small, hard round object on my stomach for more than five years, which has never bothered me. Is it something I should get checked up on?

Query: Hi doctor,I have more of a question regarding something odd that I have had for a long time. I have some small, hard round object on my stomach (a little below and to the right of my belly button) and I had this for at least more than five years now. It has never bothered me in any way and is barely...  Read Full »

Dr. Abdul Rasheed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The description you have provided of a small swelling on the abdominal wall sounds like a lipoma. A lipoma is a lump of fatty tissue that grows just under the skin. Lipomas move easily when you touch them and feel rubbery, not hard. Most lipomas are not painful and d...  Read Full »

Should I be concerned about the mass on my infant's cheek?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 2-years-old. She has a mass on her cheek, it was small a few months ago, but it is getting bigger now. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It could be a lipoma (fat mass). The treatment is surgical excision of the mass, and a surgical opinion is needed. Kindly answer me the following; 1) Is the mass painful? 2) Any history of injury? 3) When did it appear? 4) Does she have a fever? Revert with the an...  Read Full »

I have small lumps on my stomach and it is itching and paining. Is it because of the three small lumps on my stomach?

Query: Hello doctor, I have three small lumps on my stomach. One on top of my stomach (above my belly button), one on the left side of my belly button, and another below. It's been more than three months. I am not sure if my stomach is hurting or itching because of the lumps. Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. If you can feel the lumps, that means the nodes are under the skin superficially and not in the stomach as stomach lumps can not be palpated. Secondly, these lumps under the skin are lipomas and are benign. They do not pose any threat a...  Read Full »

I have two new lipomas in the same arm as the old one. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, In my right upper arm, I have a lipoma which grows slowly from three years. Now, I have two new lipomas in the same upper arm. There is no pain as such. Is it normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly I want to ask you whether the diagnosis of lipoma was made by a doctor. Because swellings may be of several types. My advice is to visit a surgeon for an examination in person. The doctor will be able to tell you the best whether you need a biopsy or excisio...  Read Full »

Is there any cure for lipoma?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a lipoma in my arm. Is there any cure?  Read Full »

Dr. Yelamanchili Alekhya

Answer: HelIo, Welcome to I have gone through your query and understood your concerns. Lipomas are painless swellings. For lipoma, the best treatment is surgical excision and as it is not a big surgery you can go for it. Consult a general surgeon online regarding the surgical removal of th...  Read Full »

Will lipoma produce movable lumps causing asymmetrical armpits?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26-year-old female of height 5’3” and 114 lbs. I had a cyst in my armpit about 12 years ago, now that armpit is a lot larger than the other and seems to have some swollen lump on it for a couple of weeks now. I can grab onto the lump, and it feels like fatty tissue. It...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the picture attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). There is a very clear asymmetry in the armpit region. There is a slight elevation in the left armpit. As per the history which you have mentioned, it is more noticeable to you since ...  Read Full »

What does a lump under my armpit mean?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a lump in my left armpit, and it appeared six weeks ago and did not change physically. I have visited private hospitals and NHS for it. Each one gave me a different diagnosis. It was said to be a fat tissue (lipoma) by one, while the other said it is a swollen lymph node.I have a...  Read Full »

Dr. Varun Chaudhry

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The lesion in focus is slightly hypoechoic (dark), so it is likely to represent a lymph node. Since I have not directly performed the USG (Ultrasonography) scan, I can only comment upon the ...  Read Full »

What is that small bump on my skin near my hip which is visible only on touching?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had a small bump on my skin near my hip. It has not grown in size. I am just wondering what it might be? It is only visible when I push it with finger-like in the photo.Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. ▪︎It may be an epidermoid cyst. These are small lumps that develop under the skin and can present over the back, head, genitals, etc. ▪︎They are usually asymptomatic and are benign. That means non-cancerous. ▪︎Size varies fro...  Read Full »

Can breast cancer cause a swelling in the armpit?

Query: Hi doctor,I have piles. Is there any relation present between piles and armpit swelling? The swelling present in my armpit is soft without pain. I searched online about it and it showed me a result of breast cancer. I have this swelling for a year and it came after my delivery. But now, I am not bre...  Read Full »

Dr. Lalit Kumar Bansal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Swelling in the armpit is usually an axillary fat or lipoma. It is not cancer. Cancer in the breast usually presents as a breast lump. They are hard and get increased in size. It is seen mostly after the age of 35 years. An isolated soft swelling occurs in the armpi...  Read Full »

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