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A lipoma is a benign fatty tumor. Lipomas have a characteristic soft, compressible feeling when touched, and the skin over a lipoma often feels cool to the touch compared to surrounding skin. Lipomas may appear within the abdomen, within a muscle, or beneath the skin of the trunk, neck, or proximal portions of the limbs. A lipoma is made up of normal fatty tissue in a capsule. Since they are benign, lipomas are removed for cosmetic reasons.
There is a rare hereditary condition called familial multiple lipomatosis which involves multiple lipomas which appear in young adults. Another condition, congenital lipomatosis, presents during the first few months of life as large subcutaneous fatty masses on the chest.