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.
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"An angel, Dr. Schwartz is an angel and absolutely hands down the best body surgeon out there. I've met them all. I had a terrible accident which resulted in me needed multiple fat transfers and scar tissue broken up. Dr. Schwartz and his entire team have had my back since day one. There are no words to express how far they have gone for me. Dr. Schwartz has been working with me for over a year and his kindness, attention to detail, and knowledge is unparalleled. He didn't want to operate on me for months until my body healed from a previous unfortunate revision surgery by another doctor. He truly just wants what's best for his patients. He also diagnosed me with lipedema and it shocked me. I had never heard of lipedema before. Everything about my body suddenly made sense. Why my legs always had pain, why I couldn't lose weight, and why I always felt so insecure about my legs. He is thee surgeon for body in Beverly Hills. I've met every top surgeon in the area and his office just feels like family. Luxury, meets medical, meets beauty, meets family. I'm so grateful for Dr. Schwartz, Sasha, Nicole, and Dawn! Thank you for helping me get my life back!"- G.M. / Yelp / Jun 03, 2019
"Dr. Schwartz and his staff are the best. I went to six consults with plastic surgeons and immediately knew when I met him that he was the surgeon for me. After extreme weight loss, Dr. Schwartz has done fleur de lis abdominoplasty, bra-line back lift, and mastoplexy for me. The whole experience has been great. He takes the time to explain everything and the process went very smoothly. I was up and feeling good the day after surgery. The results are amazing. He and his staff take the time to explain everything and take care of all my needs. I wouldn't choose any other surgeon and will be going back to him for the rest of my procedures. Hands down, he is the best of the best."- S.R. / Yelp / May 23, 2019
"Dr. Schwartz and his staff are the best. I went to six consults with plastic surgeons and immediately knew when I met him that he was the surgeon for me. After extreme weight loss, Dr. Schwartz has done fleur de lis abdominoplasty, bra-line back lift, and mastoplexy for me. The whole experience has been great. He takes the time to explain everything and the process went very smoothly. I was up and feeling good the day after surgery. The results are amazing. He and his staff take the time to explain everything and take care of all my needs. I wouldn't choose any other surgeon and will be going back to him for the rest of my procedures. Hands down, he is the best of the best."- S.R. / Google / May 23, 2019
"I have had four surgeries from Dr. Jaime Schwartz within the past 5-6 years. He has always been professional and considerate of what my needs are. He has always been honest and straightforward. He takes pride in his work and never disappoints. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking treatment."- E.C. / Yelp / May 23, 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.