Lipomas are benign (not cancerous) growths of fat cells that if small enough (<5cm) can be removed through a small incision using local anesthetic (freezing) as an office procedure. Larger lipomas can be removed in the operating room under local anesthetic and sedation through a larger incision.
After the procedure
Post-operatively, there will be bruising that will last 2 weeks and swelling which can last anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months. Most patients return to work at 2 weeks and are asked to wear a compression garment for 4 weeks after their surgery.
Possible complications include hematoma, skin irregularities, infection, and asymmetry.