A lipoma is a non-cancerous slow-growing lump made up of fat cells and is one of the most common benign growths in the skin. People of any age can develop them, but often becomes most apparent between the ages of 40-60. Lipomas are located deep under the surface of the skin and is soft to the touch, moving easily when prodded with a finger, and typically causes no discomfort. Some people may have a single lipoma, and some may find several over their body.

While lipomas do not cause any health concerns, they can be vexing, especially in a very visible area of the body. Removal involves a simple in-office excision. The dermatologist will numb the area with local anaesthetic and surgically remove the lipoma, suturing the skin back together afterwards.