Can Lipoma Re-occur After Surgical Removal?

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Lipomas recurrence

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Lipomas can reappear after surgical excision. There may have been some remnants of the fat cells inn the first surgery site. The recurrences are usually smaller in sixze , compared to the original growth's size.

Re-excision is the usual approach.

Detroit Dermatologic Surgeon

Lipomas can recur

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Recurrence, or persistence. of a lipoma can be the result of incomplete removal.  This would be more common if the removal was done with liposuction rather than open removal.

Lipoma recurrence

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Yes. Lipomas can recur after surgical removal. However, it is also possible that an addtional lipoma developed close the original resection. Multiple lipomas are quire common.

Lipoma may re-occur after surgical removal

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Any tumor (benign but especially malignant) can recur after removal. Assuming your lipoma is a benign tumor (based on a pathologist's examination of the specimen), the most common cause for recurrence is an incomplete removal the first time around. For this reason, while liposuction of a (benign) lipoma can be done, it is associated with a much higher rate of recurrence.

Good luck.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon


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Lipomas are benign tumors composed of fat.

If the entire lipoma has not been excised, it certainly can recur. To reassure you, this does not mean it is malignant . However, the original slides should be reviewed ( there is a variety of liposarcoma, well differentiated liposarcoma, which can look awfully benign) and the lipoma should again be excised, perhaps with a little wider margin.

Arnold R. Oppenheim, MD
Virginia Beach Dermatologist

Lipoma Removal and Recurrence

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Lipomas are benign tumors of adipocytes and can recur if incompletely excised.  Patients will note a progressively enlarging mass along the area of the previous incision.

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