They seldom cause problems and are easily removed surgically if they bother you. The procedure is typically covered by insurance.
If a lipoma tumor becomes infected, an antibiotic taken by mouth and minor surgery done in the office may be needed to relieve the pressure and discomfort. This is done by making a small opening into the skin and draining the lipoma tumor. Lipomas often recur after this type of surgery because the sac or wall is left behind.
To remove a lipoma tumor completely, it has to be excised (cut out) in order to remove the sac or lipoma wall, as well as the entire lipoma. A local anesthetic is used to numb the skin. Stitches are used to close the skin opening and are removed 3-4 days after the surgery.
Excision will usually cure a lipoma. However, sometimes a lipoma tumor will come back and require a second surgery.
Sometimes, liposuction can be used for lipoma removal, especially when: