Lipoma - Any others suffer from this?

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    Sep 17, 2009 5:51 AM GMT
    I started noticing small bumps under my skin about 10 years ago and thought I had a tumor. Doctor after doctor told me they were just fatty cells and that there was nothing to worry about. Since then I have had more pop up, mainly in my thighs and trunk. Apparently lipomas are normal and hereditary.Sometimes they hurt, but for the most part they just make me self conscious. When I lose weight they are particularly noticable and for the first time I had a sexual partner mention something about them.

    I wondered if anyone else here suffers from them and if they have sought treatment. Also open to hear people opinions about lipomas. I don't want to obsess over them, but sometimes they do bother me...
  • Timbales

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    Sep 17, 2009 12:25 PM GMT
    I do. They royally suck, especially the ones that hurt. I've had some quite large ones. I go to plastic surgeon that removes 4 or 5 at a time for me as an in office procedure.
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    Sep 17, 2009 5:49 PM GMT
    I have them all over my body. Have since I was a teen. Only one has ever caused any kind of pain and it's on/in my left upper arm and sometimes after I exercise it hurts.

    I don't mind them. Once I knew what they were it was rather whoop de do. A few guys have detected and commented on them over the years but I just explain what they are and go back to the sex.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Sep 17, 2009 5:53 PM GMT
    They are virtually always benign. I have had three removed over the years, and one of the most recent ones turnd out to be two inches in size once removed from my abdomen. It never hurts to have them checked to be safe, but they are more of a cosmetic nuisance than anything.
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    Sep 17, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
    I wonder if there is anything that can be done to reduce them or to keep more from growing. all I have read seems to point to heredity, but since they are fatty cells, I wonder if diet could have an impact.
  • Timbales

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    Sep 18, 2009 12:34 AM GMT
    Fluctuations in weight can exacerbate them, but nothing can make them stop completely. If they are painful, insurance should cover the removal. The plastic surgeon I go to does subcutaneous stitches, so the scars are minimal. But in bright sunlight, you can see the scars on my inner forearm. A few people have thought I might be a cutter.
  • Anto

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    Sep 18, 2009 6:10 AM GMT
    Yeah they are pretty much nothing to worry about except if it cosmetically bothers you. My friend gets them too and he's a lean muscular guy so I don't think dieting would really change anything like make them go away. He told me that he was told that they could be removed in-office if wanted (doctor) but that they aren't serious. He's never mentioned about them hurting, just distracted by how they look.

    Here's a video of one being removed!

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    Feb 26, 2010 5:41 PM GMT
    I learned that they can be exacerbated by excessive drinking... one more reason to give up the sauce all together.
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    Feb 26, 2010 5:54 PM GMT
    I have one on my arm that doesn't bother me too much, but the ones on my back can be painful when I lose weight. It's like having marbles wedged under your skin when you lean back against something.
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    Feb 26, 2010 6:18 PM GMT
    Wow! the video was stunning! I didn't realize there would be so much digging around and the lipoma coming out in pieces. I honestly though the doc would make the cut and then it would be like popping a giant zit.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 26, 2010 6:53 PM GMT
    I was reading about some kind of injection that can be used to melt fat cells, I wonder if it could be used to treat a lipoma. It wouldn't help with the ones that are actively painful.