Medical, Surgical, Cosmetic

How do I distinguish a lipoma?

There are many types of skin tumors, but a lipoma usually has distinct characteristics. If you suspect that you have a lipoma it will generally be:
  • soft to the touch and move easily if prodded with your finger
  • small
  • just under the skin
  • pale or colorless
Lipomas are most commonly located in the neck, back, and shoulders, but they can also occur on the stomach, thighs, and arms. The lipoma is only painful if it grows into nerves underneath the skin.