Want to know a tumor that you shouldn’t be scared of? Try the underappreciated lipoma. Lipomas are the most common tumor to form beneath your skin. About 1 out of every 1,000 people develops lipomas.
They’re not usually anything more than a soft rubbery bulge on your skin. While lipomas are harmless, occasionally it’s best to remove them.
What is a lipoma?
A lipoma is a collection of fat cells growing in the soft tissue of your body, under the skin but over the muscle. Lipomas don’t develop into cancer because they consist only of fat and sometimes connective tissue.
No one is sure why lipomas develop. They often appear after an injury, and middle-aged people tend to get them more. There also seems to be a genetic factor, as they tend to run in families.
What do they look like?
Lipomas usually appear as small, soft lumps. They’re usually less than 2 inches wide. When pressed on, a lipoma may feel doughy, and they will move easily with finger pressure. They don’t normally hurt, but can if they grow next to nerves or if blood vessels run through them.
Why would I need to remove a lipoma?
Most lipomas are harmless and can be left to their lumpy existence. But if the lipoma becomes tender or painful, acquires infections, becomes inflamed repeatedly, interferes with your movements, becomes enlarged, or has a foul-smelling discharge then you should have Dr. Carter remove it.
How are lipomas removed?
Dr. Carter will usually surgically remove your lipoma. In most cases, this can be done as an outpatient procedure with local anesthetic simply injected around the lipoma. Dr. Carter will then make an incision, remove the fat cells and any connective tissue, and close the incision with a few stitches.
If surgery isn’t an option, steroid injections can shrink the growth, but usually won’t eliminate it.
The lipoma can be aspirated with a needle and a large syringe. This method doesn’t leave a scar but isn’t as effective for larger lipomas.
Do you have a lipoma that you would like have removed? Call Dr. Carter at 541-330-0900 to make your appointment.
Some people think that if they never went outside that they wouldn’t age. Not so. Not only would you miss out on all the beauty around us here in Bend, but you’d still age. It’s called intrinsic aging, and it involves the yearly decrease of your body’s collagen production. By the time you’re 50, your body produces one third less of this structural skin support protein than when you were 20. Elastin, which keeps the skin supple and elastic, has a similar drop.
That’s why you’re wrinkling, and your skin is sagging. Sun damage and other environmental issues/choices play a role, too, but intrinsic aging is the real culprit.
To fight back against this loss of collagen and elastin, Dr. Carter offers Sculptra, a long-lasting injectable that stimulates the body to produce new collagen to counteract some of the effects of intrinsic aging.
Sculptra is different filler
Most dermal fillers get their name because they “fill” in wrinkles; they push them up. These fillers are injected beneath the wrinkle and push up the skin. Their results are immediate.
Sculptra addresses wrinkles in a different fashion. You’ll see improvement after your injections, as you would with other fillers, but your real improvement will come over time. This is because Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which works in the dermis layer of the skin to replace lost collagen. Sculptra is known as a bio-activator or “volumizer.” Because it slowly rebuilds collagen, Sculptra gives you subtle results that continue to improve over time. This makes for a natural-looking appearance that gradually improves your skin. It’s not the instant change that you see with other fillers. With Sculptra, your results will come gradually, so no one notices a sudden change. We recommend three injection sessions over a few months for the best results. These results can then last for over two years!
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is injected differently. Other fillers are injected at a relatively shallow level, just below the wrinkle that needs to be filled. Dr. Carter injects Sculptra more deeply, into the deep dermal layer of the skin. In the deep dermis, microparticles of PLLA work to rebuild lost collagen and provide structural skin support. As the PLLA is absorbed, a collagen framework is created. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness to shallow to deep wrinkles and folds.
Where does Sculptra work best?
Sculptra is effective for:
The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines)
Hollow areas of the temples, cheeks, chin, and under the eyes
Deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also called smile lines
Interested in the long-term effects of Sculptra? Call us at Deschutes, 541-330-0900, to make an appointment.