What Are Lipomas and Can They Be Removed?

Growths under the skin can be alarming but many are not dangerous. One growth that is common amongst older individuals is a lipoma. These fatty growths are usually not cancerous or problematic but can appear in visible areas on the face. They are most common in people over 40 and can become distracting if they grow large. Lipoma removal is an option for those who are unhappy with the appearance of a facial lipoma, but the procedure should be performed by a qualified facial plastic surgeon.

Why Do Lipomas Appear?

There is no known reason that lipomas appear. These soft lumps are just a collection of fatty tissue that begins forming in one spot. Lipomas are usually not painful or pose any type of health risk. Though they do seem to be more common in people with a family history of lipomas, anyone could have one form. They grow slowly and can be anywhere from the size of a dime to as large as a baseball.

Removing a Lipoma

The only effective way to remove a lipoma is through surgery. Since most lipomas that people want removed are in an exposed area like the face, it is important to have the growth carefully removed to avoid scarring. A facial plastic surgeon can use advanced techniques to remove the growth without leaving a noticeable scar behind. The procedure is usually performed during an office visit under local anesthesia with little to no downtime required after the surgery.

If you have a lipoma that you want removed, consult an experienced plastic surgeon. In a quick procedure, these fatty lumps can be removed to help you feel more confident in your appearance.

Posted on behalf of:
Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue, Suite 1BE
New York, NY 10065

Earlobe Repair Surgery

Having your ears pierced is one of the most common beauty enhancement in the world. Both men and women are at risk for stretching, tearing, and scarring. Heavy earrings and other jewelry attached at the ear can cause the earlobes to be damaged. With severe damage or tearing of the earlobe, people who desire to continue wearing earrings will not be able to with out repair.

Most earlobes can be correctively repaired using delicate surgical repair techniques. Earlobe repair surgery is able to be done in the office as an out patient procedure. A surgeon will use local anesthesia to numb the earlobe before the procedure is started. 

In order to repair the earlobe, the parts of the tear that have begun to heal will have to be removed. Your surgeon will want “fresh” skin to work with in order to avoid scar tissue building up after the repair. Your doctor will sew up the torn lobe with either a straight line or a zigzag sewing technique. The technique that will be be used will determined prior to the surgical repair. The specific location of the tear and the anatomy of the earlobe will help to make that decision. Fine suture threads will be used to minimize scaring and to support the repair as it heals. 

Once you leave the doctor’s office, a prescription for an antibiotic ointment will be given to you. The ointment will be applied at home for a few days to ensure the area stays clean and free from infection. Most earlobe repair surgeries result in a very visible scar. It is recommended that patients wait a minimum of 8 weeks, but the earlobe can be pierced again. Patients are given caution to avoid heavy and large ear jewelry to avoid re-injury to the earlobe. 

Posted on behalf of Benjamin Stong, MD, Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC