The short and sweet of it is that lipomas are the most common non-cancerous soft tissue growths among humans. A lipoma is essentially a growth of fatty cells that form within a thin, fibrous capsule and often reside just below the skin, though there are rare cases where they appear a little deeper than that. They are more commonly found around the armpits, upper arms, torso, neck, and upper thighs, but are not restricted to just those areas as they can appear just about anywhere in the human body. It is also possible for multiple lipomas to appear at the same time in the same area.
They generally feel soft to the touch, almost like rubber in consistency, and can be moved around a bit under the skin, but are not generally painful or bothersome in any manner other than being a little unsightly depending on the size of the lipoma and its location. Typically, being about 0.4 inches (1 cm) to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in size, they also tend not to grow much or at all, but if they do increase in size, they do so in slow progression over the course of years.
Prevention of the appearance of lipomas is not a simple matter due to the fact that they are not entirely understood as yet, since not all of its causes have been identified, but it is generally accepted by the medical and scientific communities that the tendency to develop such growths is genetically inherited and that minor injuries to the body may in fact trigger the growth’s formation. Curiously, contrary to common myth, being overweight does not cause the appearance of lipomas. They do tend to appear most often during middle age, despite all age groups being susceptible to them.
Diagnosis of a Lipoma is often quite easy, with a Doctor identifying the growth by sight alone. It is common, however, for physicians to run an imaging test to discard the possibility of such a growth being a malignant or cancerous one rather than a lipoma.