1. Is lipoma surgery painful?
Lipoma surgeries are done under local anaesthesia. When the site of lipoma is sensitive or the lipoma is more prominent, the surgeon may perform it under general anaesthesia; in both cases, you will not feel pain during surgery. After surgery, you may feel mild to moderate pain and discomfort that may last 5-7 days.
2. What are the side effects of lipomatic surgery?
Lipomatic surgery may tend to cause some side effects like
1. Inflammation and wound infection
2. Severe bruising
3. Numbness at the site of surgery
4. Contour irregularities and asymmetry
5. Skin burns and pigmentation
6. Allergic reactions
7. Pulmonary embolism
These are very rare side effects. A highly experienced surgeon or dermatologist can help you reduce the risk of complications and side effects.
3. How long does it take to recover from lipoma surgery?
On average, the recovery period is 10-14 days. The recovery period varies from person to person, the lipoma size and is also based on the site of occurrence. For a single lipoma of normal size, when removed through excision, the recovery may take 7-12 days. Complex lipomas may take more than three weeks for complete recovery.
4. Is lipoma surgery difficult?
No, lipoma surgery is a simple and minimally invasive process. Lipoma surgery or excision removes a lipoma larger than 2-3 centimetres. This is a 30 minutes process; generally, the patient can resume work the next day. It is a very safe and effective procedure.
5. What happens if a lipoma is not removed?
Lipomas are generally harmless. They do not create pain and may not be life-threatening. Some lipomas may be deep-seated, causing pain and bleeding. This type of lipoma, if not removed, can affect the nearby tissues and blood vessels, causing severe pain, bleeding, and other complications. Consult an expert dermatologist or surgeon to get an expert opinion.