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Lipoma removal is regarded as cosmetic in most circumstances by the NHS, meaning removal is not readily available through them. However, Summerfield Healthcare offers private lipoma removal services with no need for an NHS referral.
Lipomas are soft, fatty lumps that grow under the skin. They are caused by an overgrowth of fat cells and can develop anywhere on the body. They are usually found on the upper body and feel like smooth rubbery masses beneath the skin. Lipomas can grow from pea-sized to a few centimetres across and grow slowly, rarely causing any other problems or complications.
Although lipomas are harmless and usually don’t require any treatment, they can become unsightly if they are in an obvious position and begin to affect your confidence, or they can start to cause discomfort. NHS GPs will rarely, if ever, refer you for a lipoma removal, however, private lipoma removal is an option
If you would like your lipoma removed and would like to be seen quickly, enquire with us today and we can provide you with a cost of removal.
Because lipomas vary in size and can appear anywhere on the body, the surgical procedures used depend on the nature and location of the lipoma. Before any surgery, you will see one of our consultants who will be able to talk you through the procedure step-by-step and answer any questions you may have.
Lipomas are removed at Summerfield Healthcare by performing a small operation under local anaesthetic.
Once the skin is numb, a small incision is made in the skin over the lump, and the lump is removed. The cut is then cleaned and stitched and in most cases there is only minimal scarring from the procedure.
Stitches (sutures) are typically used to close the incision as we will be closing multiple layers of tissue. Stitches offer optimal healing and need to be removed 7-14 days after the procedure. Our team will assist you in arranging your suture removal as part of our aftercare treatment.
As lipoma removal is done under local anaesthetic and is an outpatient surgery, you will be able to leave our clinic on the same day. Depending on the nature and location of the lipoma, you may need to limit certain activities for up to 2 weeks while the wound heals. All of this can be discussed in detail with your consultant before the surgery so you can make any necessary arrangements for recovery.
You do not need a referral to book your lipoma removal consultation with our plastic surgeon led team.
As the NHS views lipoma removal as cosmetic only, the procedure is not available through your NHS GP. We offer a fast track consultation service as well as the removal itself so that you don’t need to worry about getting a diagnosis or the right referral.
Using our service also guarantees quick appointment times that suit you. We do not have long waiting lists, and our service is flexible so that we can accommodate your needs.
We offer lipoma removal in Wolverhampton, and lipoma removal in Shrewsbury, both performed in one of our state-of-the-art clinics.
After the surgery, you have the option to decide whether you would like us to inform your NHS GP of the surgery. All our procedures are private and confidential, and this decision is entirely at your discretion.
Summerfield Healthcare’s medical reception team are specially trained to deal with all enquiries in a professional, prompt and private manner.
Although Summerfield Healthcare is a private practice our fees are low cost and structured with you in mind. Initial consultation fees are listed below:
An initial triage based on the photos you send us. This will determine the most suitable clinician and provide a guide price for removal.
A consultation is required prior to removal, to ensure the lesion(s) is as described during the triage process and is suitable for removal on the day. Consultation and removal can take place on the same day if both clinician and patient are happy to proceed.
The removal price is based on the presentation of the lesion, and the location on the body. Please note there is an additional cost for lipomas located on the neck or higher, this will be discussed with you prior to booking.
Our private medical centres are conveniently located and meet the needs of families in a wide surrounding area.
33 Newton Road
Birmingham B43 6AA
Building 1, Charlesworth Ct.
Hotspur Park, Battlefield,
Shrewsbury SY1 3AB
8 Tettenhall Road,
7 Ashtree Court, Cardiff Gate Business Park
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