How to Remove a Lipoma Yourself Naturally?

Lipomas are small, fatty lumps that can develop under the skin. They are usually harmless and painless, but some people may find them unsightly or uncomfortable. While surgical removal is often recommended, there are natural methods you can try at home.

Causes of Lipomas

  • Genetics. Genetic predisposition plays a significant role in the development of lipomas. Inherited conditions like familial multiple lipomatosis and Dercum's disease increase the likelihood of developing multiple lipomas.
  • Age. Lipomas are more commonly observed in adults between 40 and 60, though they can occur at any age. The risk of developing lipomas tends to increase with age.
  • Obesity. There may be a correlation between obesity and the development of lipomas, as excess fat cells can contribute to the formation of these benign tumors. Those with higher body mass indexes (BMIs) may be more prone to developing lipomas.
  • Trauma or Injury. Trauma or injury to the fatty tissue beneath the skin can sometimes trigger the growth of a lipoma. Previous trauma to an area may lead to a lipoma at the site of injury.
  • Hormonal Factors. Hormonal imbalances or changes, including those occurring during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause, may influence lipoma growth. Hormones like estrogen and progesterone could potentially impact lipoma growth.
  • Lipid Metabolism Disorders. Disorders affecting lipid metabolism, such as familial lipoprotein lipase deficiency or familial combined hyperlipidemia, may contribute to lipomas due to abnormalities in fat processing.
  • Diabetes. Some studies suggest a possible association between diabetes mellitus and the occurrence of lipomas, although the exact mechanisms linking diabetes to lipoma development are not fully understood.
  • Chemical Exposure. Prolonged exposure to certain chemicals or toxins in the environment may play a role in developing lipomas, though further research is needed to establish a direct causal relationship.
  • Inflammatory Conditions. Chronic inflammatory conditions or disorders that affect fat tissue, such as adipose tissue inflammation, may create an environment conducive to the growth of lipomas.
  • Rare Genetic Syndromes. Rare genetic syndromes like Gardner syndrome or Madelung's disease are associated with an increased risk of developing multiple lipomas as part of their clinical presentation.

How to Remove a Lipoma Yourself

While it is always recommended to consult a medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment of this condition (especially larger lipomas), there are natural methods that may help in removing them at home. Also, it's important to note that these natural remedies need more scientific evidence to support their effectiveness and safety. It's best to use them with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

Here are some homemade remedies and tips on how to get rid of a lipoma yourself:

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been known for its various health benefits, including its potential ability to dissolve fat deposits like lipomas.

To use this remedy:

  • Soak a clean cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it directly to the lipoma.
  • Cover with a bandage and leave it on overnight.
  • Repeat this process daily for a few weeks until the lipoma shrinks in size.


This product has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce the swelling and discomfort associated with lipomas. Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder with a few drops of water to form a paste, and apply it directly to the lipoma. Cover with a bandage and leave it on for several hours before rinsing off. Repeat daily until the lipoma decreases in size.

Green Tea

Green tea contains antioxidants that may help reduce the size of lipomas. Drink at least two cups of green tea daily, or you can apply a cooled green tea bag directly to the lipoma for 10-15 minutes daily.

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and may help to shrink lipomas. Take one tablespoon of flaxseed oil daily or apply it directly to the lipoma and massage gently for a few minutes. Repeat daily until the size of the lipoma decreases.

Honey and Flour Paste

Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, while flour can help absorb excess oil from the skin. Make a paste by mixing equal parts honey and flour and applying it directly to the lipoma. Cover with a bandage and leave it on for several hours before rinsing off. Repeat daily until the lipoma shrinks in size.

Chickweed Ointment

Chickweed is an herb traditionally used to treat various skin conditions, including lipomas. Apply a small amount of chickweed ointment directly to the lipoma and massage gently for a few minutes. Repeat daily until the size of the lipoma decreases.

Essential Oils (e.g., Frankincense, Lavender)

Certain essential oils, such as frankincense and lavender, have anti-inflammatory and healing properties that may help to shrink lipomas. Dilute a few drops of your preferred essential oil with a carrier oil (e.g., coconut or almond oil) and apply it directly to the lipoma. Repeat this process daily until the size of the lipoma decreases.

Healthy Lifestyle Changes

While no scientific evidence supports this, maintaining a healthy lifestyle may help prevent the recurrence of lipomas. This includes eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, managing stress levels, and avoiding environmental toxins.

Professional Removal of Lipomas Methods You Can Consider

Surgical Excision

Surgical excision is a standard procedure for removing lipomas. It involves making an incision in the skin, extracting the lipoma, and closing the wound with sutures. This surgical procedure ensures complete removal and is suitable for larger or deep-seated lipomas.


Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that suctions out the fatty tissue of the lipoma through a thin tube (cannula) inserted under the skin. Plastic surgeons often use this for smaller, more superficial lipomas, which can result in minimal scarring.

Minimal Invasive Techniques

Techniques like minimal incision or mini-incision extraction involve making smaller incisions than traditional surgical excision. These methods aim to reduce scarring and recovery time while effectively removing the lipoma.

Steroid Injections

Steroid injections may be used to shrink the size of lipomas by reducing inflammation and fat cell growth. This non-surgical approach is suitable for smaller lipomas or when surgery is not preferred.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy utilizes laser energy to heat and dissolve the fat cells within the lipoma, causing it to shrink. This method is less invasive than surgery and can be effective for superficial lipomas.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation employs radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy the fat cells in the lipoma. This technique is suitable for superficial lipomas and may result in minimal scarring.


Cryotherapy involves freezing the lipoma using extreme cold to destroy the fat cells. This lipoma removal method is often used for small, superficial lipomas and may require multiple sessions for complete removal.


Electrocautery uses an electrically heated instrument to burn and remove the lipoma tissue. This method is suitable for smaller lipomas and can help seal blood vessels during the procedure.

Intralesional Steroids

Intralesional steroid injections involve directly injecting corticosteroids into the lipoma to reduce its size. This method is particularly useful for symptomatic lipomas that are unsuitable for surgical removal.

Tips on How to Prevent the Growth of Lipoma

While the exact cause of lipomas is still unknown, certain lifestyle changes may help prevent their development or recurrence. These include:

  • Staying Hydrated. Drinking enough water and staying hydrated can help flush out toxins from the body and maintain a healthy balance of fluids.
  • Eating a Balanced Diet. A diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can promote overall health and may help prevent the formation of lipomas. Also, limit your tobacco and alcohol intake or quit altogether, if possible, as it's harmful to your general health.
  • Exercising Regularly. Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight and promotes circulation and detoxification in the body.
  • Avoiding Exposure to Toxins. Limiting exposure to chemicals and toxins in the environment is important for overall health and may also help prevent the growth of lipomas.
  • Managing Stress Levels. Chronic stress can weaken the immune system and make the body more susceptible to various health issues, including lipoma formation.
  • Avoiding Trauma to Fatty Tissues. Any injury or trauma to the fatty tissues may lead to inflammation and increase the risk of developing a lipoma. Be mindful and take precautions to avoid such injuries.
  • Regular Health Screenings. Attend routine health screenings and check-ups to monitor your overall health and address any concerns with a healthcare provider. Early detection and management of potential health issues can be key to prevention.
  • Manage Hormonal Imbalances. Hormonal imbalances or changes may contribute to the development of lipomas. Consult with a healthcare professional for proper management and treatment of any existing hormonal issues.
  • Reducing Chemical Exposure. Certain chemicals found in plastics, pesticides, and other products have been linked to an increased risk of developing lipomas. Be mindful of the products you use and try to limit exposure to such chemicals.
  • Regular Skin Checks. Monitor your skin for any unusual lumps or growths, including lipomas. If you notice any changes in a skin lesion's size, shape, or characteristics, visit a healthcare provider immediately.

It's Always Safe to Have Your Lipomas Removed by Professionals

While some home remedies and preventative measures may provide temporary relief, professional medical treatment is the safest and most effective way to remove lipomas. Talk to your doctor or a specialist to determine the best method for your case. Remember to always prioritize your health above any alternative ways that may promise quick fixes but do not have scientific evidence to support their claims.

The Minor Surgery Center (TMSC) offers various safe and effective lipoma removal methods in Toronto. We have a team of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in minor surgeries, including lipoma removal. Our experts will assess your case and recommend the best course of treatment to ensure optimal results and minimal scarring.

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May 15, 2024