Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

No treatment is usually necessary for a lipoma. However, if the lipoma is in a location that 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.
  • Steroid injections. This treatment shrinks the lipoma but usually doesn't completely eliminate the tumor.
  • Liposuction. This treatment uses a needle and a large syringe to remove the fatty lump.
Feb. 21, 2012

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