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

Does Facial Cyst Removal Require Plastic Surgery?

Cysts under the skin are a common issue but are rarely a health concern. Most are caused by a blocked oil gland or formed from excess keratin production after damage to the skin but are not cancerous or even painful. However, when cysts appear on the face, it can become an aesthetic concern and many people want the cyst removed. While most doctors or dermatologists can remove a cyst, there are some legitimate reasons to seek the skill of a facial plastic surgeon.

Cysts can be removed by either draining or incision. Draining a cyst will flatten the area, but often the cyst will come back. Incision can remove the entire cyst and usually it will not return, but it can also cause a scar. Dermatologists and primary care physicians can perform draining or incision to remove a cyst, but they are not experts in hiding the evidence of the procedure.

Why to Choose a Facial Plastic Surgeon for Cyst Removal

A skilled facial plastic surgeon can carefully remove a facial cyst through incision without causing a noticeable scar. Their knowledge of how to create incisions that can heal without any visible trace is a talent that other doctors usually do not possess. Where the incision is placed, and the technique used can ensure the cyst is permanently removed without leaving a noticeable scar that will blemish the face.

If you have a facial cyst that is causing your embarrassment or discomfort, but you are concerned about scarring from removal, seek the advice of an experienced facial plastic surgeon that offers cyst removal. They can examine your cyst and give you options, including surgery, to permanently rid you face of your cyst.

Posted on behalf of
Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Northeast #910
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 936-6665