What is the outlook for people with lipomas?

The outlook for people with lipomas is extremely positive. Because lipomas are generally harmless and cause no discomfort, they do not affect a person's quality of life. Lipomas do not increase the risk of other diseases, and people who choose to have their lipomas removed for cosmetic reasons usually have limited scarring.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/18/2016.


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