Treatment for Lipomas

Dr. Reichel,

Can Thermoge be done to limpomas?

-K

 

Dear K,

Thank you for your question. No Thermage can not be done to lipomas. For small lipomas, the best way to remove them is simple surgical excision. Although this does leave a small scar, it is the most successful way to treat them. Liposuction can be done for larger lipomas (bigger than a baseball). For small ones, it is almost impossible to get the liposuction cannula into the lipoma. In addition, there is a higher rate of recurrence with liposuction. In most cases, I recommend that surgical excision be done. There are no other really good treatments for lipomas. Injection with a detergent (mesotherapy) has been tried, but the success rate is very low and it often causes significant inflammation and tenderness.
Jennifer Reichel MD
Director, Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center
www.pacificdermcenter.com
11011 Meridian Avenue N Suite 102
Seattle WA 98133
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