Lipoma Removal

Lipomas are fatty lumps under the skin (lipomas) that usually cause no trouble but you may wish to rid yourself of one (or more). Book a consultation today to find out how I can help.

How can I help with Lipoma Removal?

Lipoma removal is quick and easy. I carry out the surgery carried out under local anaesthetic.

I have been removing lipomas under local anaesthetic for 40 years and continue to constantly refine my technique to give you the most comfortable experience and the best results.

The latest refinement to the treatment I offer is to combine my experience of over 30 years in ultrasound scanning with my surgical expertise. Anaesthetising a large lipoma under ultrasound guidance enables precise placement of the numbing solution.

Although almost always benign – for your reassurance and safety, I always get lipomas checked in the lab by a consultant pathologist.

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Simon Payne
MD, MB ChB, FRCS (England),
FRCS (Gen Surg)

Testimonials from my patients

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Simon’s qualifications & memberships


FRCS (Eng)

FRCS (Gen Surg)


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Find out how I can help

If you’d like to find out more about how I can help with Lipoma Removal then an initial consultation can be arranged at your convenience.

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What is Lipoma Removal?

A lipoma occurs when a lump or mass develops under the skin. The mass is made up of fat cells that have grown abnormally. Lipomas are usually benign, which means they’re not cancerous.

Lipomas can occur anywhere on the body, but they’re most commonly found on the shoulders, neck, back, or abdomen. They can range from small to large in size and can develop slowly or rapidly.

Lipomas removal is usually painless, but they can cause discomfort if they’re located in an area where they press on nerves or other tissues.

What does the treatment for Lipoma Removal involve?

Lipoma removal is carried out under local anaesthetic, which numbs the area around the lipoma. The procedure is usually quick and straightforward, and it’s usually possible to go home the same day.

If I think it will be beneficial, the local anaesthetic will be applied using ultrasound guidance. This involves passing a small probe over the skin to help locate the lipoma and numb the area. I often remove even very large (mans fist-sized) lipomas under local anaesthetic using this technique and often carry out multiple procedures (sometimes up to ten at once).

Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, I will make a small cut in the skin and remove the lipoma. The wound is then closed with soluble stitches.

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Recovery from Lipoma Removal

Recovery from lipoma removal is usually quick and straightforward. You’ll be able to go home the same day as your surgery.

You may have some pain and swelling around the site of your surgery, but this can be controlled with painkillers.

The stitches used to close your wound will dissolve on their own within a week or two. It’s important to keep the area clean and dry to prevent infection. You should also avoid strenuous activity for at least a week after your surgery.

You should be able to return to your normal activities within a few days.

What you can expect from Lipoma Removal

After the treatment, I apply a showerproof dressing which stays in place for several days. This aids healing and puts you on your way to a full recovery.

Once the wound has healed, you’ll be left with a small scar. These are usually discreet and fade over time.

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Our friendly team is based in the Horndean Clinic in Waterlooville near Portsmouth, UK. We’re easily accessible from Fareham, Whiteley, Chichester, Winchester and Southampton. It’s wheelchair friendly, and we adhere to current COVID-19 regulations. We look forward to welcoming you to the clinic after you have booked your consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Lipoma Removal

Lipomas develop when there’s an overgrowth of fat cells in a specific area. This overgrowth usually occurs slowly and is painless.

Lipomas are usually on the trunk or limbs – these wounds take a week or two to heal but most usual gentle activities may resume immediately to heal fully.

Once the healing is complete, you’ll be left with a small, discreet scar that will fade over time.

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Meet your surgeon

If you’d like to talk through any of the treatments on offer then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Large lipoma from neck

July 10, 2024

What a delight especially now that the scar is settling, this thing was the size of a planet , not what a lady wants on her neck and was akso impacting my sleep and breathing, no problem for Simon in one afternoon all my troubles were gone , limited pain , great professional outcome and a positive impact for me, great , stuff, thank you


Unsightly lesion removal

June 24, 2024

Simon removed a seborrhoeic keratosis from my forehead which I’ve disliked for some time. The procedure was simple, painless and I’m pleased with the result.

Overall, the service and care was excellent.

Louise Purchase

Cyst removal

June 12, 2024

Had a cyst removed that has bugged me for years. Surgery went well and I didn’t even realise when it was done. I had no issues at all. Thanks to Dr Simon I don’t have to worry about a cyst on my face anymore. Healed properly leaving no scar. Will highly recommend!!!


Thread Vein Treatment

June 10, 2024

We consulted Mr Payne about thread veins in my legs and my husband’s nose. We are very pleased with the service he provided and the results. We were seen promptly for an initial consultation and Mr Payne was very thorough and informative. We were given an appointment for a week later for treatment which he, with his very capable assistant, carried out professionally and sympathetically. We are, therefore, delighted to give a 5 star rating.

Penny and Brian Smith

My 3rd Small lump removal

May 31, 2024

I booked in for my 3rd small lump removal from my face with Simon at Changes Clinic.

From first meeting Simon I felt totally at ease, the procedure was explained fully and was a pain free pleasant procedure.

Simons surgical skills and attention to detail shine through in his meticulous results showing barely a mark on my face.

I highly recommend Simon to everyone looking for a trusted caring surgeon!

Jill Loomes