Lipoma Removal Options

I am 34 year old female. I have many lipomas in my arms and legs. On one leg I have about five along my illital band from hip to top of knee. I have been training for a half marathon and that hip has been my source for PT. You can feel the lipoma on my hip(bursa) area. I have already had a large benign lipoma removed from my leg and arm. How can I get these removed without tons of scaring? I was willing to ignore them but I don't want to be limited in my physical activities by pain.

Doctor Answers 2

Lipoma removal

Very small lipomata can be removed as described through a "punch biopsy" size hole as they can be expressed through it  with pressure. However, larger ones require local anesthesis in the operating room. A smaller incision (than the size of the lesion) can still be made and heal with nice cosmetic results in these larger lesions.


Los Angeles General Surgeon

Have a question? Ask a doctor

Lipomas can frequently be removed through very small excisions

Not all, but many lipomas can be removed through small holes made with "punches", small circular blades that remove a small piece of skin like a cookie cutter removes dough. If the lipoma is encapulated or not adherent to the underlying tissues it can usually be squeezed through this small hole, leaving only a small scar.

Lorrie Klein, MD
Laguna Niguel Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 178 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.