- Dr. Inessa Fishman
This 44-year-old woman was bothered by a slowly growing, soft bump on her forehead; she had had it for 4 years before seeking treatment. Dr. Fishman removed this bump, which turned out to be a lipoma (a benign fatty tumor) from the patient’s forehead in the office, using laughing gas and injectable or local anesthetic. The incision is carefully hidden in the patient’s hair. She is shown 4 months after treatment, with a great treatment outcome and an invisible scar.
Lipomas are usually slow-growing and painless fatty growths which feel soft to the touch, and can develop in the forehead, face, or body. Even though they typically do not have associated symptoms, they can bother patients with the appearance. Our main treatment for lipomas is surgical removal, and for forehead lipomas, we typically do surgery through a small incision carefully hidden in the scalp hair, or within a forehead wrinkle, so as to best hide the resulting scar.