What is a Fatty Deposit?
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Having an unexplained mass growing in your neck (or anywhere for that matter) can be embarrassing and alarming. These deposits are usually very large and noticeable, and can sometimes be painful. Although these deposits of fat can affect people of all ages, they most commonly occur in middle-aged adults. 

The medical term for these fatty deposits is Lipoma. They are usually harmless and mostly just cause discomfort for the affected person. They can range in size from a few centimeters across to a few inches across. They feel squishy and they move if you push them. Sometimes, you can hide your Lipoma, but if it 's on your neck, it can be hard to hide. You may want to get it removed to improve your quality of life. 

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What Causes Fatty Deposits in the Neck?

It is not exactly clear what causes Lipoma. Statistics have shown that Lipoma seems to be genetic. In most cases, people who develop Lipoma come from a family with a history of Lipoma. There are a few conditions that can increase the chances of a person developing the fatty deposits. They are: 

Cowden Syndrome

Madelung's Disease
Gardner's Syndrome
Adiposis Dolorosa

More research is needed to determine the exact cause of Lipoma. Many theories have been circulating such as sex steroids being a culprit in the development of the fatty tissue. Until research shows exactly how it develops, people can safely live with it or get it removed. 

How Can I Get Rid of Fatty Deposits in My Neck?

If you decide that you don't want to live with Lipoma in your neck (or any other part of your body), there are ways to get rid of these masses of fat. The first step in getting rid of Lipoma is to get it diagnosed. You can do this through a dermatologist. 

The dermatologist will do some tests to see how bad your Lipoma is. Treatment will depend on certain factors. They will consider how often skin cancer runs in your family or if you have had skin cancer in the past (this is part of ruling out Liposarcoma). They will also make sure that your Lipoma feels a certain way and doesn't hurt. Once your dermatologist has determined that the Lipoma isn't any threat to you, you will have three choices to get rid of the Lipoma. 


Steroid injections are probably the most inexpensive way to treat Lipoma. Steroids won't completely get rid of Lipoma, but it will shrink it down to a manageable size. This treatment option is best on small fatty deposits that are one inch or smaller. Several injections may be needed over the course of a few months. 


Liposuction is a procedure that gets rid of fat in the body. Since Lipoma is fat, it makes sense to get liposuction as a treatment for the fatty deposits in your neck. Liposuction basically uses a needle to suck out the fat from the deposit. The benefits of using liposuction are that it is easy to remove more than one fat deposit at a time, faster healing rate, and a low recurrence rate. While liposuction is a good way to get rid of lipoma, there is a possibility of not getting out all of the fatty deposit. Some studies have shown that using a combination of liposuction and excision is the better way to deal with lipomas.


Surgery is the most common method of removing Lipoma. This is also the recommended method if the fatty deposit is very large. Surgical removal is a great way to make sure that all of the Lipoma is removed. As with any surgery, there are some risks such as: 

Excessive scarring
Hematoma development

To narrow your risks during surgery, you should always choose a reputable surgeon who has demonstrated excellence in their field. Dr. Leonard Miller of Boston is an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in surgical and non-surgical procedures including liposuction surgery in Boston. He is a pioneer in the field, developing cutting edge techniques and incorporating his own unique approach. As the founder of ThermiAesthetics Skin Rejuvenation System, his expertise in skin rejuvenation makes him a great choice for removing the fatty deposits in the neck and resculpting the area. 
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