Lipoma removal

Edinburgh Waterfront Hospital

We specialise in the expert removal of lipomas – benign, soft tissue tumours composed of fatty tissue. Lipomas are typically slow-growing, painless, and situated just under the skin, often found on the neck, back, shoulders, arms, or thighs. While they are usually harmless, some individuals may opt for removal due to discomfort, increased size, or cosmetic reasons.

At Waterfront Private Hospital, our team of skilled plastic surgeons is experienced in the latest techniques for lipoma removal, ensuring a safe, effective, and minimally invasive procedure. We understand that each patient’s situation is unique, and we provide personalized consultations to determine the most appropriate treatment approach for your specific case.

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Lipoma Removal

    30-45 minutes
    Walk in walkout
    0-1 week off work

Our lipoma removal services

Our Lipoma Removal Services Include:

  • Comprehensive Evaluation: A thorough examination and diagnosis to confirm the nature of the lipoma and discuss the best treatment options.
  • Advanced Surgical Techniques: We employ various surgical methods, including minimally invasive excision and liposuction techniques, tailored to the size and location of the lipoma.
  • Cosmetic Consideration: As plastic surgeons, we are adept at minimising scarring and ensuring the best possible aesthetic outcomes.
  • Patient Comfort and Care: We prioritise your comfort and safety throughout the procedure and offer detailed aftercare instructions for a smooth and speedy recovery.

Whether your goal is to relieve discomfort or improve cosmetic appearance, our dedicated team at Waterfront Private Hospital is committed to providing the highest standard of care. We ensure that every aspect of your treatment is handled with the utmost attention to detail, from initial consultation to post-procedure care.

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Our lipoma removal services

Private lipoma removal at the Waterfront Private Hospital

At Waterfront Private Hospital, we offer several effective options for lipoma removal, catering to the unique needs of each patient. Our experienced surgeons are adept in various techniques, ensuring both the safe removal of the lipoma and the best possible aesthetic outcomes. The treatment options include:

  • Surgical Excision: The most common method for removing lipomas, this procedure involves making a small incision over the lipoma and carefully excising it. The incision is then closed with sutures. This method is effective for larger lipomas and typically leaves a small scar.
  • Liposuction: For lipomas that are soft and have a small connective tissue component, liposuction can be a less invasive option. This method involves using a thin tube to suction out the fatty tissue. The advantage of liposuction is that it results in a much smaller scar than surgical excision. It is only suitable for certain areas and sizes, and there may be a higher risk of recurrence.
  • Minimal Incision Extraction: This technique involves a smaller incision than traditional surgery, through which the lipoma is removed. It’s particularly beneficial for reducing scarring and is suitable for lipomas located in visible areas.

At Waterfront Private Hospital, we prioritize not only the effective removal of the lipoma but also focus on the cosmetic aspect, aiming to minimize scarring and ensure a pleasing aesthetic result. Our team will guide you through the best treatment option based on the size, number, and location of the lipoma, as well as your personal preferences and overall health.

Following the procedure, we provide comprehensive aftercare instructions and support to promote healing and ensure a smooth recovery.

Lipoma Removal FAQ - Your Guide to Safe and Effective Treatment

What Is a Lipoma?

A lipoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumour made up of fat tissue. These growths are usually soft to the touch, movable, and painless. Lipomas can appear anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the torso, neck, upper thighs, arms, and armpits.

How Much Does Lipoma Removal Cost?

At our Waterfront Hospital, lipoma removal costs from £895 to £2500. The price variation depends on the size of the lipoma, its location, the complexity of the removal procedure, and the specific surgical method used.

What Are the Signs That I Should Have a Lipoma Removed?

While lipomas are typically harmless, you might consider removal if they are painful, growing, or causing cosmetic concerns. Additionally, removal may be necessary if the diagnosis is uncertain, meaning whether the growth is indeed a lipoma or something more serious.

What Are the Lipoma Removal Options Available?

Our hospital offers several lipoma removal techniques, including:

  • Surgical Excision: The most common method, where the lipoma is cut out under local anesthesia.
  • Liposuction: Best for larger lipomas, this method uses a thin tube to suck out the fat cells.
  • Minimal Incision Extraction: This technique involves a smaller cut to remove the lipoma, aiming to reduce scarring.

Is Lipoma Removal Covered by Insurance?

Lipoma removal is often considered a cosmetic procedure, especially if there’s no medical necessity. However, if the lipoma is causing pain, discomfort, or other symptoms, your insurance provider may cover part or all of the cost. We recommend checking with your insurance for specific coverage details.

Can Lipomas Recur After Removal?

The recurrence of lipomas after removal is rare. When lipomas are surgically removed, they are typically removed in their entirety, which greatly reduces the chance of recurrence. However, it’s possible for new lipomas to develop in other areas of the body.

What Should I Expect During the Recovery Period After Lipoma Removal?

Recovery varies depending on the removal method. Surgical excision may require a few days of downtime, while liposuction and minimal incision extraction often have shorter recovery times. We provide all patients with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth healing process.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Lipoma Removal?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks, though they are minimal. These may include infection, bleeding, or scarring. Our team takes extensive precautions to mitigate these risks, ensuring a safe and effective procedure.

How Do I Prepare for Lipoma Removal Surgery?

Prior to surgery, you’ll consult with our specialists to discuss the procedure, any potential risks, and how to prepare. This may include instructions on eating, drinking, and medication adjustments.

How Can I Schedule a Consultation for Lipoma Removal at Your Hospital?

To schedule a consultation for lipoma removal, please visit our Contact Us page or call our hospital directly. Our dedicated staff are ready to help you book an appointment and answer any further questions you may have.

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