You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. You may then be referred to a doctor who specializes in skin disorders (dermatologist).
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
- List your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- Make a list of medications, vitamins and supplements you're taking.
- List questions to ask your doctor.
Preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For lipoma, some basic questions to ask include:
- What caused this growth?
- Is it cancer?
- Do I need tests?
- Will this lump always be there?
- Can I have it removed?
- What's involved in removing it? Are there risks?
- Is it likely to return, or am I likely to get another?
- Do you have any brochures or other resources I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions that occur to you.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, too, including:
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- When did you notice the lump?
- Has it grown?
- Have you had similar growths in the past?
- Is the lump painful?
- Have others in your family had similar lumps?
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- Amber KT, et al. Injection therapy for the management of superficial subcutaneous lipomas. The Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology. 2014;7:46.