Dangers of Lipoma on the Scalp?
- Asked by cho005 in San Francisco
- 4 years ago
I have a lipoma on my scalp. I got opinions from four different doctors and I guess it's uncommon for lipomas to be on the scalp. What are the dangers of having a scalp lipoma on the occipital region of the head?
Lipomas and cysts on the scalp
Lipomas are rare on the scalp. Most of these bumps are known as trichilemmal cysts and occur on the hair bearing area.
In most cases, a lipoma can be removed under local anesthesia without shaving hair. Most of the times, the lipoma will pop out with a small incision that can be closed with a few sutures or staples. It is rare for these to be malignant but I recommend removal as the only thing they do is grow albeit slowly so you might as well remove it while it is still small.
Scalp lipomas are benign but can grow over time.
It is a relatively easy procedure to remove a lipoma from the scalp. It does continue to grow over time and can be the source of headaches or neck discomfort. It may also displace hair growth. They rarely if ever become malignant. Most physicians can remove it piecemeal through a smaller incision so you may want to inquire from that avenue.
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