What is a Fatty Lipoma?

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A fatty lipoma is a type of tumor or growth that is in almost every case benign. It is made up of fat tissue, and it has a very characteristic feel. Most lipomas feel rubbery, or are easy to move slightly. They also aren’t painful.

There are different types of lipomas, but generally people have subcutaneous types. These are located near the skin’s surface and are usually easy to see and feel. They may occur most on the mid-body, the legs or the arms. Most are small in size and only a few centimeters long, but some lipomas can get very large, and there are records of those reaching over half a foot (15.24 cm) in length.

Lipomas usually don’t get anywhere near this large, and many people don’t ever treat them because risk of them developing into cancer is slim to none. There is a small but active debate on this issue. Of course, they can be removed if a person with one feels it is unsightly. Otherwise doctors may recommend their removal only if they start to increase in size dramatically, if they start to hurt, if the lipoma leaks bad smelling fluid, or if it is any way causing problems in function.


Doctors aren’t always certain why people get these fatty deposits, but they’ve discovered that the majority of people who get one are 40 or older. It is thought that trauma to the area where a lipoma develops might be a causal factor. Many people who get them do seem to have a family history of these tumors. It is often mistakenly assumed that those who develop these tumors do so because they are carrying extra weight; this is not true and plenty of very slim people have problems with these tumors occurring.

There are some diseases that may make people more prone to developing lipomas. These include lipomatosis, which is inherited. In this condition people may have several of these tumors on the body at the same time. If a fatty lipoma exists in the corpus collusum of the brain this is also an inherited disease. Dercum disease, which usually affects postmenopausal women may result in painful fatty tumors all over the body, and may be accompanied by a variety of other symptoms including memory loss, fever, extreme pain, headache and insomnia.

Most people who get a fatty lipoma may simply want to remove it, and there are a few methods that may work. Sometimes liposuction is used to evacuate the fat tissue, but this isn’t always the best method, and the tumor can recur if there are remaining fat cells. Alternately, there are medications that can be injected into the tumor to kill it. Standard treatment is generally to excise the tumor surgically, which is often an outpatient procedure that may only require local anesthetic, though this will depend on size and location of the tumor. Don’t be surprised if doctors want to test the fatty lipoma; they may do so to rule out cancer, particularly if reason for removal was rapid growth, and even if cancer is extremely unlikely.


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Post 14

I have had lipomas on my body since I was 35 and I don't have any kind of problems except one, which is big enough and creates problems when I sleep on my back. Please tell me how to get it treated. Would homeopathy medicines be helpful in treating lipomas? --Banish

Post 13

I have now published the results of the last test, and unfortunately, the lipomas have increased and in general are bigger. Also, there were several breaks made, because the balm caused skin irritation and itching, that the test was stopped earlier. All details are online.

The product does not eliminate lipomas! The product is not registered in Thailand and therefore nobody know what are the ingredients or what side effects this product can create. So we have to find another. --Klaus

Post 12

I have seen the medical reports from Dr. G. Marsh.

Of course the family name and address of the patient has been removed but this is hardly 'manipulated'

I understand (from the site) that the study was on several non-superficial lipomas, and that these lipomas were deep under the skin, but they were treated effectively.

Post 11

Please answer me the question, Mr. jmf1221, regarding the Thailand balm: If a company must manipulate medical documents, which they received confidentially, to promote as the only "official" support their product, how good do you believe their product is?

All information the company has are emotional statements of people which has/have big lipomas (say 0.5mm large)and after a while of use, they are saying: the lipomas are smaller. How does that work? I have the original and the manipulated medical report with me. The FDA in Thailand should keep an eye on the company!

Post 10

To Facebook_User_1406646729: I purchased some of this Bariena Lunulina Balm in December 2010 and my 2cm lipoma is now 1cm and shrinking. So it seems to be working. Did you try it?

Klaus von Adametz
Post 9

If you read that a product with Bariena Lunulina Balm can solve your Lipoma-Tumor problem please do not believe this nonsense!

I wrote to the company in Thailand and asked for any clinical proof or registration about this supplement product; I'm still waiting. This balm is nothing other than what people in Thailand use for ordinary massage for skin. It would be a great thing, but unfortunately, lipoma tumors are quite different.

It is a disorder in our cell system, because these people are producing too much uric acid, which cannot be eliminated and therefore, the normal fat production is also hindered and it starts to build up fat. Please do not believe they can help us, but they can empty our pockets of money.

Post 7

There is a herbal balm in Thailand that can be rubbed on the fatty lipomas to make them disappear. The balm is based on 'bariena lunulina.'

Post 5

dercum syndrome? i take one carnitine daily. it's supposed to help shrink or burn fat, and you can buy it at walmart or online.

Mine are multiple, painful, beady, in my groin and inner thighs, traveling all my fatty areas. I also have a hypothyroid condition and goiters. I'm seeing a dermatologist!

Post 3

in response to the fatty tumor. December of 2009 i had a fatty tumor that weighed between 40 to 60 pounds removed from my inner thigh. It had begun to cause pains in nine parts of my body, and my blood pressure stayed around 200/110.

i thank God for a great doctor. He removed it with no problem. Now i no longer have pains, my blood pressure has been approximately 115/60 ever since.

Don't give up, keep the faith. i am well on my way to becoming fully healed. thank God for my doctor.

Post 2

My name is angie and i have a fatty tumor on the left side of my body.

I've been told that it is diffuse and spreading. In fact, it's huge and very noticeable to other people. Recently i've begun to smell it. Because of where it is, it causes me to get breathless and very tired quite a lot.

I've been told by my doctor that it would be technically difficult to remove. I've also suffered from abscesses for the past 20 odd years and been told i have a low white blood cell count that causes them to recur time and again.

Surely this day and age and with our technology, they could give you medicine to prevent these painful things from recurring. Wise words are welcome.

Post 1

Hello my name is Andrew and I have fatty tumors all over my body from my upper abdominals to behind my knees. They really stink and I would love to get rid of all of them. This kind of stuff should be researched more! any wise words?

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