at the KOEBE KLINIK
If knots or indurations develop under the skin, they may be what are known as lipomas. A lipoma is a benign tumour made up of fat tissue and does not pose a danger from a medical perspective. Nevertheless, many people with lipomas decide to have them removed. These growths can be aesthetically troubling and, depending on their size and location, can sometimes cause pain.
Here in Düsseldorf, we use several different methods to remove lipomas. In most cases, we remove the lipoma surgically by making an incision in the skin. In some circumstances, we might consider using liposuction. This involves gently aspirating the fatty lumps using special cannulas. As a general rule, recovery times are minimal.
Lipoma removal is generally a straightforward procedure. Nevertheless, it is still important to have the procedure performed by an experienced surgeon to ensure aesthetic, high-quality results.
Dr Hermann Koebe and Dr Norman Koebe are experienced specialist doctors and will be happy to advise you on potential treatments at the KOEBE KLINIK. If you choose to have your lipoma removed with us in Düsseldorf, we will tailor your treatment plan to you and your needs. And, even after the lipoma removal, we will still be available to support you here in Düsseldorf and assist you until you are fully recovered.
FAQs about lipoma removal
What is a lipoma and how can I identify it?
A lipoma is a benign tumour made up of fatty tissue. Lipomas predominantly occur in the neck and head region but can also develop in other parts of the body, where they feel like moveable knots under the skin. In most cases, these indurations do not cause any issues. Nevertheless, many people with lipomas decide to have them removed for aesthetic reasons.
Who could benefit from lipoma removal?
We offer lipoma removal in Düsseldorf to all patients who are troubled by these knots and wish to have them removed for aesthetic reasons. Lipomas can sometimes also cause complaints, such as when they cause pain by exerting pressure on surrounding areas. This is another instance when surgical removal may be worthwhile.
What does lipoma removal involve?
If you would like to have a lipoma removed, our specialist doctors will start by conducting a thorough initial examination. They will then discuss potential treatment options with you. The rest of the treatment and the treatment date will then be planned with you.
Depending on the size and location of the lipoma, the removal procedure takes around an hour. In most cases, the tumour is removed in a surgical procedure. The surgeon makes an incision in the skin and removes the lipoma along with the surrounding capsule of tissue. They then suture the wound and apply an adhesive bandage.
Depending on their number, size and composition, it may also be possible to remove lipomas through liposuction. In this case, the outer shell of the lipoma is left in place, which can result in fat accumulating in the shell again. However, this method can be suitable for patients with numerous lipomas as it does not cause any scarring. The doctor treating you will discuss whether this method would be suitable for you during the initial consultation.
Following lipoma removal, a histological examination can be carried out to exclude the risk of malignant changes.
What do I need to consider before and after lipoma removal?
There is very little preparation required on your part before lipoma removal surgery. However, you should stop taking any blood-thinning or anticoagulant medication before the operation. It is also important that you inform us of any allergies and pre-existing conditions before the procedure.
Following lipoma removal, we recommend getting plenty of rest. Recovery times vary depending on the part of the body treated during the procedure. If you experience slight wound pain, we can prescribe suitable painkillers. The first check-up appointment then takes place here in Düsseldorf a few days after the removal procedure.
When will I be able to go about my normal routine and exercise after lipoma removal?
As a general rule, patients are presentable immediately after the procedure. If your treatment is more extensive, you should allow yourself several days to recover. You can then start exercising again and carry out more physically strenuous tasks after 3 to 10 days. Exactly how long you should rest depends to a large extent on the treatment method used, the area of your body treated and the scope of the treatment.
What are the risks involved in lipoma removal?
Lipoma removal is a comparatively straightforward procedure with few risks. As with any operation, complications can occur in isolated cases, including secondary haemorrhages, nerve damage and wound healing deficits. However, such issues are exceptionally rare following lipoma removal.
The expected side effects of lipoma removal surgery include swelling and isolated bruising. In rare cases, asymmetries and indurations develop after the surgery. It is also not possible to entirely rule out the possibility of lipoma recurrence, though such instances are rare.
Will my health insurance cover the costs of treatment?
Generally speaking, health insurance providers will not cover the costs if it is a purely aesthetic procedure. Things might be different if the tumour is causing pain or other complaints. In this case, we recommend contacting your health insurance provider before arranging lipoma removal in Düsseldorf to clarify their preconditions for covering the costs.
at the KOEBE KLINIK
- High quality: At the KOEBE KLINIK, you will benefit from treatment of the highest medical standard. Dr Hermann Koebe and Dr Norman Koebe have years of experience performing demanding cosmetic procedures, dedicating themselves to each patient with tact and sensitivity.
- Everything from a single source: From the initial consultation to the treatment to the check-up appointments, we provide everything from a single source at the KOEBE KLINIK. If your treatment requires an inpatient stay, you can stay in one of our comfortable single or double rooms.
- Ideal location: The KOEBE KLINIK is situated in Meerbusch, just a few minutes from Düsseldorf city centre. Secure, convenient parking facilities are available directly beside the premises.