Introduction to Lump Removal
Lump removal is intended to smooth out skin by removing lumps and bulges under the surface. Not all of our patients come to us with the same type of lump and for this reason, the treatments can be different. First the patient’s lump will be assessed by a consultant plastic surgeon to determine the nature of the lump and once this is done, the patient will be referred or booked in for a skin lump removal procedure.
Am I suitable?
Most patients come to us as lumps on their skin can be a source of embarrassment and can even restrict your choice of what to wear. As lipomas (benign fatty lumps under the skin) are occasionally hereditary (run in families), some patients come to us as family members have suffered from skin lumps. Many of our patients are in their middle age however, lipomas can also occur in children.
We will assess your lump fully to ensure it is benign before removing it. Please note that if your lump growing fast or is painful then it is essential to consult your GP about it.
The procedure and risks
Skin lump removal is a relatively simple procedure and is usually performed under local anaesthetic. To start, the surgeon will numb the area with a local anaesthetic injection before removing the lipoma (a benign lump) and closing the skin with stitches. The surgery will result in a scar however in some cases, liposuction may be used, which results in smaller scars. However, any incomplete removal (as is likely with liposuction) may result in the lipoma growing again. Immediately after the surgery, we ask that you don’t get the site wet for two days.
As with every surgery, this procedure carries risks. Those risks include: haematoma, infection, scarring and painful scars, lumpy, wide or red scarring, lipoma recurrence and indentation at the removal site (this can occur when a large lipoma is removed).
As your wellbeing is our number one priority so we offer a comprehensive and personalised aftercare package, which is included in your treatment.
After your surgery, we will provide you with post-operative care instructions and you will have 24-hour access to trained staff that will be on hand to advise you should you have any questions or concerns.
After the surgery, we will arrange appointments for follow-up examinations with your surgeon to monitor your progress and check that you are recovering well.
Your surgeon will see you after 6 weeks for a follow-up and if necessary, for subsequent appointments until you are fully recovered. These follow-ups are standard and will be provided at no extra cost.
In the unlikely event of a problem, we’ll make arrangements for you to be seen by trained staff and (if needed), by the surgeon who performed the procedure. As the Sthetix surgeons live and work locally, you can always see your surgeon at relatively short notice. After the surgery our surgeons don’t leave the country or the local area. Very rarely, a surgeon may leave the local area for other commitments but if this happens, we will ensure that there is another trained plastic surgeon from our team available to provide you with comprehensive care.
In the unlikely event of a complication directly related to your surgery, we would provide or arrange further surgery and/or treatment at no extra cost for up to 1 year.
Can I have lump removal on the NHS?
Any lump which is considered “suspicious” when seen by a Consultant in the NHS would be removed, however, if the Consultant considers the lump to be benign and the request for removal to be for cosmetic reasons, they may recommend that removal is carried out in the private sector.
How long does it take to recover?
This depends on how big the surgery is and also whereabouts on the body the lipoma is. You can usually return to work immediately but the area of operation can take up to 2 weeks to fully heal.
When can I drive?
You can drive whenever you feel confident enough to perform an emergency stop without discomfort. Please check with your insurance company before you drive.