A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump that’s most often found between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. They usually feel doughy and aren’t often tender. They move easily with mild pressure. Lipomas are usually detected in middle age. Some people have more than one lipoma.
Though it is a type of cyst, lipoma isn’t cancerous. They are typically harmless. Though treatment isn’t generally necessary, you may want to have it removed if the lipoma bothers you.
In the video below, Dr. Vincent Gardner removes several lipomas from a patient’s leg. Be sure to turn on the volume to hear Dr. Gardner explain what lipomas are, how they form and how they are treated.