Another indication for liposuction: Small facial lipomas

Bradon J. Wilhelmi, Steven J. Blackwell, John S. Mancoll, Linda G. Phillips

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The treatment of facial lipomas at times requires the use of incisions that are less than satisfactory in either size or location. In an effort to minimize scarring, the authors have been removing these lesions with liposuction. The purpose of this study was to review the authors' experience in treating small facial lipomas using liposuction. Over the last 10 years, the authors treated five patients with forehead lipomas by removal with liposuction through hair-bearing scalp incisions. All patients were evaluated after the procedure for bleeding, paresthesias, recurrence, scarring, and overall satisfaction with the procedure. All of these patients had lipomas that measured 4 cm or less at the time of surgery. No patient experienced hematoma, nerve injury, or recurrence. All patients were completely satisfied with their result and scar. The literature describes an advantage to using liposuction for the treatment of medium (4 to 10 cm) and large (>10 cm) lipomas. Because small lipomas (<4 cm) can be extracted through small incisions, the literature reports no advantage to removal with liposuction. However, favorable aesthetic results can be obtained by removing small facial lipomas with liposuction through strategically placed incisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1864-1867
Number of pages4
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jun 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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