What Are the Signs and Risk Factors of Lipoma?

Lipoma is not a serious medical condition, but it raises your concern anyway. They are soft and doughy to touch and mostly they are not painful. Risk factors of lipoma include an age between 40 to 60 and genetics.

Symptoms of lipoma: doughy to touch and mostly not painful

Lipomas can occur anywhere in the body. They are typically:

  • Situated just under the skin. They commonly occur in the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms and thighs.
  • Soft and doughy to the touch. They also move easily with slight finger pressure.
  • Generally small. Lipomas are typically less than 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter, but they can grow.
  • Sometimes painful. Lipomas can be painful if they grow and press on nearby nerves or if they contain many blood vessels.
Risk factors

Several factors may increase your risk of developing a lipoma, including:

  • Being between 40 and 60 years old. Although lipomas can occur at any age, they’re most common in this age group.
  • Genetics. Lipomas tend to run in families.

A lipoma isn’t cancer and usually is harmless. You don’t need to treat them, generally speaking. But if the lipoma bothers you, is painful or is growing, you may want to have it removed.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.