Lipoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor that is made up of fat cells. It can occur in any tissue that contains fat but most commonly it occurs in the subcutaneous (beneath the skin) tissue.
Lipomas are soft, round, mobile and doughy to feel. They are situated just below the skin and the overlying skin looks normal. They are more commonly observed on back, extremities, and chest. Lipoma is more commonly observed in age group of 40-60 years. Single Lipoma is more commonly seen in women and multiple Lipomas (Lipomatosis) more common in men.
Often, treatment of a lipoma is not necessary, unless the tumor becomes painful or restricts movement. People opt for treatment largely for cosmetic reasons. Lipoma is a true surgical condition as medicines cannot dissolve the accumulated fat. Hence surgical removal is the mainstay management for Lipoma. If they do not harm you, they are better not disturbed surgically.