A lipoma is a growth of fat cells encapsulated within fibers and tissues beneath the skin. In most cases, they are found just beneath the surface of the skin and may be located anywhere on the body. Lipomas are benign (noncancerous) but should be examined by a professional when they are discovered to ensure they are not mistaken for something else. Dr. Jaime Schwartz, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is skilled to diagnose and treat patients with confirmed lipomas, as well as the conditions that often accompany the growths. At Total Lipedema Care in Beverly Hills, CA, we help patients cope with their lipoma-associated conditions using a personalized approach. Read on to learn more about the condition, then contact us to schedule your visit.
Familial Multiple Lipomatosis
Familial multiple lipomatosis (FML) is a rare genetic defect characterized by the presence of lipomas on the neck, thighs, abdomen, and arms. The rare disorder is likely caused by chromosomal abnormality and is hereditary. FML is the diagnosis given when the conditions affect more than one family member over several generations.
"I contacted Dr. Schwartz office via his web page and I received a fast response. I was able to upload my information and photos and I was able to receive an over the phone consultation right away. This was during the Covid lockdown. Jenna who assist the doctor is super sweet and has been able to answer all my questions. When I finally went in to meet Dr. Schwartz in person I immediately felt a connection with him. He was so pleasant, he has a soothing voice and he made me feel comfortable! I am having my 1st surgery soon and I am super excited to see my results. I highly recommend to have a consultation with Dr. Schwartz. His whole office is amazing!"- K.B. / Google / Jul 16, 2020
"I've been in pain for years with severe Lipedema with Lymphedema in my legs especially around my knees. I mean painful and 100% of the time. So Dr. Schwartz was recommended to me and after consultation, he's really nice and very thorough, I went ahead with lipedema lipo lymph sparing I think they call it surgery. Well It's been six weeks since surgery and I was standing in line at the post office (social distancing in effect) for about 5 minutes when I really realized that I wasn't in pain standing there. If you've never been in constant pain it might be hard to know how amazing it is to realize you aren't anymore. Not only that but because of his technique and hard work my Lymphedema in my feet and ankles is much better as well. And I'm hoping after more time healing everything will improve even more. I can't thank him enough and all his great staff for taking such great care of me, there isn't one person who wasn't kind, considerate and helpful. Great Doctor and office!"- N.T. / Yelp / May 02, 2020
"I’ve been in pain for years with severe Lipedema with Lymphedema in my legs especially around my knees. I mean painful and 100% of the time. So Dr. Schwartz was recommended to me and after consultation, he’s really nice and very thorough, I went ahead with lipedema lipo lymph sparing I think they call it surgery. Well It’s been six weeks since surgery and I was standing in line at the post office (social distancing in effect) for about 5 minutes when I really realized that I wasn’t in pain standing there. If you’ve never been in constant pain it might be hard to know how amazing it is to realize you aren’t anymore. Not only that but because of his technique and hard work my Lymphedema in my feet and ankles is much better as well. And I’m hoping after more time healing everything will improve even more. I can’t thank him enough and all his great staff for taking such great care of me, there isn’t one person who wasn’t kind, considerate and helpful. Great Doctor and office!"- N.T. / Yelp / May 02, 2020
"I had a phone consultation with Dr. Schwartz to discuss having surgery. Ultimately I chose a different clinic because they offered me a payment plan, but I cannot express how professional and kind Dr. Schwartz was when he spoke with me. Thank you for being so respectful and easing my fears!"- R.M. / Google / Dec 17, 2019
"Dr. Jaime Schwartz helped me get my self confidence back after my major weight loss when he performed a fleur de lis tummy tuck, 360 lipo, a thigh lift & fat transfer to my butt (bbl) to give me back what I had lost after my weight loss surgery! I bought my 1st bikini in 31 years & wore it on the beach thanks to his work!!! He is by far one of the most genuine people I have ever met & his staff are just as awesome as he is! He takes his time explaining everything about the procedures as well as what to expect during recovery. Even though my insurance covers breast reductions, I'll be booking mine with Dr. Jaime Schwartz!!!"- S.F. / Google / Jun 07, 2019
Symptoms of the Condition
Lipomas are typically not tender to the touch and feel soft and doughy when placing pressure on them. In most cases, lipomas are:
- Just beneath the surface of the skin
- Located on the arms, shoulders, neck, trunk, and thighs
- Soft to the touch
- Small in size
- Painful if located on a nerve
Causes and Diagnosis
The only understood cause of lipomas is an inheritance. Beyond familial factors, there doesn't seem to be an underlying cause of the growths. Certain risk factors increase your likelihood of developing a lipoma, including age, as individuals between 40 – 60 are most likely to discover a lipoma.
Only a physician should diagnose a lipoma. Although they are rarely serious, they could be confused with a cancerous mass. Anytime a lump is discovered on the body, the growth should be examined and potentially biopsied by your doctor. Dr. Schwartz will rule out the possibility of cancer before helping you understand your condition and potential treatment options.
Small, discreet, painless lipomas rarely require any form of intervention. But in cases where patients feel insecure, restricted, or pained by a lipoma, Dr. Schwartz may offer treatment. Treatment options could include:
Liposuction – Using a form of liposuction, the lipoma will be removed from beneath the surface of the skin during a minor outpatient procedure.
Surgical removal – A minimal excision extraction technique will be used to surgically remove the lipoma through a small incision.
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At Total Lipedema Care in Beverly Hills, CA, we are focused on helping patients seek relief from the presence of their lipomas. Whether you are feeling self-conscious, uncomfortable, or pained, a consultation with Dr. Jaime Schwartz could help you take control of your condition and plan for better days ahead. Contact our helpful front office staff to schedule your visit. We look forward to serving you.
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