What is a Lipoma?

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What is a Lipoma:

Lipomas are benign tumours which consists of encapsulated fat tissue. They are soft and moveable fat deposits most commonly situated under the surface of your skin (referred to as superficial subcutaneous lipomas) and are usually painless. They are becoming more and more common these days with 1-2% of the populations estimated to be affected by lipomas.

Lipomas can affect anyone and they usually appear on arms, legs, trunk, back, and neck. Unfortunately the cause of lipomas is unknown and thus it makes it very difficult to cure or treat.

The most common treatment is surgery and the main purpose for the removal is for cosmetic reasons unless of course they cause pain (i.e. positioned near a nerve). Other common methods are liposuction and steroid injections, however these methods do not full remove the lipoma like surgery which can result in regrowth.

There is a type of lipoma referred to as familial multiple lipomatosis which may be caused by a genetic defect and can be inherited from family.

Lipomas effect male and females from their early teenage years and onward.

There is a variety of different lipomas out there and its beneficial to understand lipomas in detail if we wish to start our journey to find a cure, the most common type of lipoma is superficial subcutaneous lipomas which sit right under the surface of our skin.

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Types of lipomas:

There is a variety if different types of lipomas,

  • Lipomatosis (commonly known as Familial multiple lipomatosis~FML)
    This is a condition where there is multiple lipomas across the body as opposed to just one or two. Theses lipomas can be anywhere across the body, including the head and shoulders.
  • Adiposis dolorosa (commonly known as Dercum disease~DD)
    Dercum’s disease is a progressive disorder that causes the growth of painful adipose (fat) tissue. The painful fat can be in distinct lumps and nodules, or it can be more diffuse and harder to tell from ordinary fat.
  • Benign symmetric lipomatosis (Madelung disease)This is another form of lipomatosis which commonly effects middle-aged males (30 times more likely to affect males than females) with a strong correlation to years of alcoholism (however non-alcoholic males and females can also be affected but its not as common).


Invasive lipoma treatments:

The current list of invasive treatments for lipomas are as follows:

Surgery:

This is the most common and highly recommended (by medical practitioners) form of removal, its quick and removal is generally successful resulting in a low percentage of regrowth. If the surgery does miss a small piece of the lipoma it will result in regrowth. The main downside about surgery is the invasive method of being cut open which results in scarring.

However as the years have progressed so has techniques used for the removal with a new method referred to as the squeeze method. This method is done by creating a small incision, roughly ¼ the size of the lipoma and then the lipoma is squeezed out of the incision, resulting in a significantly smaller scar.

Liposuction:

Liposuction is performed through a small incision and the suction of the lipoma fatty tissue results in significant reduction, this enables the remaining lipoma capsule to be pushed (or squeeze) out with very little scarring if any. Liposuction is usually performed for larger lipomas 4cm+ in size.

The downside to liposuction is that it may not remove the entire lipoma resulting in regrowth.

Steroid injections (Lipolysis)

Injection lipolysis or lipodissolve is the practice of injecting phosphatidyl choline/ sodium deoxycholate (PDC/DC) compounds in the fatty tissue within the lipoma. This process dissolves the fat and shrinks the lipoma size. Surgery can usually follow to remove the capsule using a very small incision.

Natural Lipoma Treatments

Removing lipomas using invasive techniques is not a cure and may leave us with scars and the possibility of re occurrence down the line. What we need is a natural solution to help us eliminate lipomas for good. SkinGlitch has been created to build a community of lipoma suffers to work together and provide theories and potential treatments to investigate. Join our community and follow us on Facebook (private group) or sign up to to receive our articles for new potential lipoma treatments.

Our most recent articles and potential lipoma treatments and thoeries are below:

Alkaline rich diet may be the key to curing our lipomas due to the fact that bacteria and viruses (toxins) thrive in acidic environments within our bodies. One of the methods our bodies deal with these toxins is to excrete them via our skin causing a variety of issues such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne and I possibly lipomas

Ketogenic Diet (or low carb and low sugar diet) as tumours primarily feed off glucose. As a lipomas is a benign tumour we can cut off its food source by reducing our glucose converting foods such as carbohydrates and sugar

Endocrine and immune system: Without a fully functioning endocrine and immune system our bodies will struggle to excrete toxins and unwanted material from our bodies through normal channels (kidneys, liver etc), instead it will do the next best thing and encapsulates them into a fatty lipomas

Candida Albican Overgrowth: Lipoma growth my be related to the overgrowth of Candida Albican in our gut. CA overgrowth not only weakens our immune system but puts significant strain on our already weak immune system due to leaky gut. Leaky gut allows for toxins, food particles and other foreign substances to leak from our gut into our blood stream, putting pressure on our immune system to fight and fix the problem. In addition, having a bacterial imbalance in our gut causes digestion issues and also results in further fungal infections across our body.

Essential oils: Other natural treatments I have seen marketed or used by other lipoma suffers is Magnesium oil and a combination of Essential oils. These have been helpful for some.

Avoiding Sugar as a new discovery by molecule biologists in Belgium have discovered that sugar actually stimulates tumour growth. The biologists have discovered that the tumour cells act differently to normal cells when it comes energy, normal cells use oxygen to breakdown glucose to create energy, but cancerous/tumour cells gets energy from fermenting sugar which in turn stimulates tumour growth.

Exercising: Ensure we consume antioxidants while exercising to control the level of free radicals within our bodies. Exercising without a decent level of antioxidants can create high levels oxidative stress within our bodies which causes free radicals (atoms or groups of atoms with an odd/ unpaired number of electrons). Oxidative stress occurs when oxygen interacts with our bodies molecules and causes them to form reactive free radicals.

References:

wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipoma

orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/lipoma

 

About the author:

My name is CK and I currently have 1,000’s of lipomas across my body. I have had 6 lipomas surgically removed for cosmetic reasons. The lipomas started appearing in my early twenties with no family history of lipomas, my lifestyle is active and fairly healthy however there is always room for improvement. My articles are based on my personal opinions and theories at the back of my own research and not produced by any medical practitioner or institution. Always consult your doctor before attempting anything mentioned online. If you enjoy our site please feel free to support it with a donation which will help us keep this site alive. Donate Here
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