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Lipoma Removal

How to Pick Which Lipomas to Remove on Patients Who Have Hundreds of Lipomas


It is not unusual to see some patients with lipomas visiting the office with hundreds of lipomas all over the body varying in size and shape. Patients with multiple lipomas often have one question in common for Dr. Antell: "Which lipomas should I have removed?"

Typically, after Dr. Antell assesses all of the probable lipomas, he asks the patients, "Well, which ones bother you the most?" Some patients pick the lipomas they want removed based on location, discomfort, or aesthetics. Other times, patients want to start with just one section of their body per procedure.

Darrick E. Antell, M.D. comes up with a unique plan of care for every patient but typically the number of lipomas Dr. Antell will remove in one procedure will not exceed a dozen; however, this changes depending on the size, depth, and location of each lipoma. 

Both Dr. Antell and the patient come up with an amount of time both would be happy in the operating room and pick which lipomas to remove together. After three to six weeks, another procedure can be scheduled to excise more lipomas. 

Please call the Office of Dr. Antell at (212) 988-4040 to book an appointment with Dr. Antell to remove your lipoma after a unique plan of care is developed for you. 


Annie Zaborskis, R.N.

Get Rid of Skin Lumps with Lipoma Removal in New York

POSTED ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 AT 4:06 PM by Dr. Darrick Antell

With technology easily at our fingertips 24/7, many of us run to the internet when unusual symptoms or markings on our skin develop, hoping to find the cause. When an unusual lump beneath the skin appears, we naturally worry, as the first thought that comes to mind is cancer. However, not all forms of bumps beneath the skin are cancerous. In fact, small nodules can actually be lipomas.

Lipomas, typically, are non-cancerous, firm, grape-like growths. They feel rubbery and when pushed upon, can easily move side to side. Although lipomas are usually harmless, for some they may push down on adjacent nerves, causing pain and discomfort, and even decreased mobility. Lipomas can also cause self-conscious feelings when developed in easily visible areas. In rare cases, some people experience 100’s of Lipomas. When your lipomas provoke physical discomfort or emotional distress consider lipoma removal in New York.

In most cases, patients arrive at Antell-MD with three or more lipomas. Once lipomas appear, they will not go away on their own, requiring lipoma removal in New York. Lipomas are most often removed through an incision, then a dissect, press & squeeze technique, though in rare cases, removal may be performed using liposuction.

Using the press & squeeze technique, Dr. Antell makes a small incision, usually smaller than the lipoma itself, to cut through the skin during removal. A meticulously placed dissolving suture closes the site.  For those with very large lipomas, removal may alternatively be performed using liposuction. This technique allows for a small incision, no matter how large the growth.

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After Lipoma removal in New York, patients can return to their daily activities immediately. Tissue samples from the lipoma are sent to a lab to ensure they are not cancerous for patient’s safety.

Although not all lumps beneath the skin are cancerous, patients should not ignore them. When you need lipoma removal in New York, trust the plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience, Dr. Darrick Antell. Contact our office via phone, 212.988.4040, or schedule your appointment online.

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Dr. Antell offers Options for Lipoma Removal in New York City

POSTED ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011 AT 4:54 PM by Dr. Darrick Antell

Lipoma Removal

Lipomas, the most common of all noncancerous growths, are small growths of fat cells that develop just under the skin. They are firm, rubbery growths that are typically the size of a grape. Most patients seeking treatment have anywhere from one to three lipomas on their body. In rare instances, patients can have as many as 100 lipomas. While lipomas are not generally considered dangerous, they can grow to become quite uncomfortable. New York plastic surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell offers lipoma removal in New York City.

Once they develop, lipomas will not go away on their own. In some cases, they can continue to grow. Generally, patients choose to have lipomas removed because they are bothered by their appearance. However, depending on their position and location, lipomas can become tender and limit the range of motion to parts of the body.

Darrick Antell, M.D. removes lipomas using straight local anesthesia. Once the area is sufficiently numbed, a small incision is made over the lipoma. The incision is smaller than the diameter of the lipoma itself. Dr. Antell uses the “press and squeeze” technique to force the lipoma out of the incision. After the lipoma is removed, the incision is closed using a tiny suture underneath the skin.

 An alternate technique used for lipoma removal is to vacuum the growth out using liposuction. An advantage of using this technique is that it requires an even smaller incision than surgical excision. Unfortunately, it is harder to guarantee that the entire lipoma has been removed.

Lipoma removal before and after

Large lipoma removal before and after

Both lipoma removal techniques are performed in an operating room using local anesthesia. Patients are able to return home immediately after their surgeries. A post operative visit will be scheduled where Dr. Antell can remove any sutures and check the progress of your healing. Regardless of which removal technique is used, Dr. Antell sends tissue samples from excised lipomas to a laboratory in order to ensure that they are not cancerous.

 If you’re interested in having uncomfortable, unsightly lipomas removed with lipoma removal surgery in New York, please contact the office of Dr. Darrick Antell. To schedule a consultation, please call his New York plastic surgery office at 212-988-4040 or visit www.antell-md.com.

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POSTED ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2010 AT 11:11 AM by Dr. Darrick Antell

Torn Earlobe Repair NYC & Lipoma Removal NYC

Last week when finishing up for the afternoon one of my patients called the office.  Her toddler had grabbed hold of her earring and managed to pull it out leaving her with a torn lobe.  She said she was headed to the ER at Lennox Hill and since she knew I was on staff there (and just across the street) she asked if I could stop by to check on the repair before I headed home for the day.  I think she was a little surprised when I told her to come to my office instead because she said, “I didn’t know your office would handle that.”  Its times like these I have to chuckle and remind myself that when most people hear ‘plastic surgeon’ they think of liposuction, rhinoplasty and breast augmentation.  The fact is plastic surgery is a practice of applying aesthetic principles to surgical procedures, many of which are performed on parts of the body which are exposed and seen every day (i.e. face, neck and arms). 

Lipoma Removal NYC

Like earlobe repair, lipoma removal is a routine procedure in my office.  For those unfamiliar with lipoma, it is a tumor composed of fat.  The sac that contains the fat is housed in the deepest layer of the skin and, in general, is small (a few centers in diameter).  A google search of ‘lipoma,’ however, will show that these growths can also become quite large.

The most common way to remove a lipoma begins by making an incision across the top of the growth like the dotted line above to expose the sac.  Unless the growth is so large that blood vessels into the sac have developed, it is typically unattached and can be lifted right out.  Sometimes the fat can be eliminated using liposuction with a smaller incision, but that often falls short of removing the sac which can lead to a less than optimal result.  Regardless of the method used, the goal is to leave the area looking as though nothing were ever there.  In some cases, depressions in the skin are unavoidable but a doctor with aesthetic training has the best background to make sure the result is smooth and continuous.

Torn Earlobe Repair New York

As I said before, earlobe repair is also very common in our office because the damaged site is in a highly visible area.  Depending on the nature of the damage I typically start by cutting out the dead tissue around the site of the rip as seen below.  From there I stitch the two sides together.

earlobe repair diagram

If a piece of the ear is completely missing, rather than just ripped, I can also create a graft from the patient’s skin to fill the gap. The important thing to keep in mind is that the final result looks natural and symmetrical. 

There are many other procedures in which the aesthetic appearance is a major factor such as laceration repair and scar revision from tattoo removal or C-section.  Every choice, from the type of suture to the stitching style, can affect the outcome.  If you would like to hear more about what goes into creating a great final appearance, please don’t hesitate to leave a message here, facebook or twitter.

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