I have uncountable lipomas in my whole body. Is it serious?
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Most people have none or maybe one or two lipomas which are benign fatty tumors that come in all sizes. But there are some people who get dozens of these masses over their body. Sometimes it runs in families but often a person may be the only one in their family to have these masses. Multiple lipomas are not dangerous. They can be annoying - both cosmetically and depending upon their location -painful. You need not remove them if they are definitely lipomas. There are other causes of multiple masses besides lipomas including sebaceous cysts and neurofibromas. Generally all of these are benign also but if there is uncertainty as to the nature of the mass or one in particular has grown dramatically, biopsy may be indicated. Once lipoma is confirmed it is up to you to decide if you want to remove them. In patient's with multiple, they can proceed with an attempt at removing them all or perhaps more practically - removing those that bother them the most - based on size and location. If you decide to remove them all keep in mind that new ones are likely to occur. Complete excision through the tiniest incisions possible generally provide the best permanent solution although liposuction and injection with steroid (temporary or partial dissolution) or Kybella may be considered.