Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

No treatment is usually necessary for a lipoma. However, if the lipoma bothers you, is painful or is growing, your doctor might recommend that it be removed. Lipoma treatments include:

  • Surgical removal. Most lipomas are removed surgically by cutting them out. Recurrences after removal are uncommon. Possible side effects are scarring and bruising.

    A technique known as minimal excision extraction may result in less scarring.

  • Steroid injections. This treatment shrinks the lipoma but usually doesn't eliminate it. The use of injections before surgical removal is being studied.
  • Liposuction. This treatment uses a needle and a large syringe to remove the fatty lump.
Jan. 22, 2015