A woman finally has her massive mango-sized ‘love handle’ lipoma removed in The Bad Skin Clinic.
Tonight’s episode of the show, which airs on Quest Red, focuses on Rosie, from the UK, who for the past 10 years has has been living with an enormous, melon-sized lipoma on the side of her waist.
As she admits, the massive bulge has taken its toll on her self-esteem and has stopped her doing the things she enjoys.
‘I do get paranoid, you can see people looking at you. I used to be a social butterfly, now I just hide in the corner,’ she says. ‘It affects my self-confidence, I just think people will be looking at me and staring at it, going ‘oh what’s wrong with her? God help her.’
In tonight’s episode of Quest Red’s The Bad Skin Clinic, Rosie (pictured), from the UK, finally has her massive mango-sized ‘love handle’ lipoma removed
Rosie says that the massive bulge (pictured) has taken its toll on her self-esteem and has stopped her doing the things she enjoys
Dr Emma (pictured, right) says Rosie’s lump looks like a ‘good love handle’ – adding that from the scan itself it looks like it’s going between the muscles
Visibly protruding from her waistline, the bump has been a major cause of concern for Rosie’s health over the years.
‘So when I first discovered it many years ago, everybody thinks a lump is the big C, you know, so it did really scare me,’ she says, revealing that at first she thought the lump was a lot more serious. ‘But the doctor’s got an MRI and that clarified that it wasn’t, that it was a large lipoma.’
Over the past decade, Rosie’s husband Martin admits that he’s seen a change in his wife, as her confidence has noticeably dipped as the lipoma has grown bigger.
‘Seeing how she’s changed so much over the years, it’s been difficult, it’s been hard,’ he says. ‘Her confidence has dropped an awful lot. Definitely in the last five years it’s really started to get bigger. It’s really just ballooned, and for me that’s got scary.’
WHAT IS A LIPOMA?
Lipomas are non-cancerous lumps caused by an overgrowth of fat cells.
They can form anywhere on the body, but are most common on the neck, shoulders, abdomen and back.
They are usually just under the skin, shaped like a dome and soft to touch.
They occur in about one in every 1,000 people in the US. and about one in 100 people in the UK.
Doctors are unsure of what causes lipomas, but believe it may be due to an inherited faulty gene or physical trauma
Most do not cause any pain unless they are deep in the body and press on nerves or organs.
If a lipoma affects the bowels, it may cause constipation and nausea.
Most lipomas do not need removing, but surgery may be necessary if the growth is large, causing symptoms or unsightly.
Source: Cleveland Clinic
But Rosie hopes to put 10 years’ worth of upset behind her when she pays a visit to Dermatological Surgeon Dr Emma Craythorne at her Harley Street clinic.
‘It was just a small lump, but then just gradually it kept growing and growing,’ Rosie explains to Dr Emma.
Asked what size the lump was to start with, Rosie casts her mind back.
‘It was about five-by-three they told me at the time,’ Rosie says.
But armed with a copy of Rosie’s most recent MRI scan, Dr Emma has some startling news.
‘It has got a lot bigger than that, it’s got three times the size of that,’ she reveals.
Popping on a mask and a pair of gloves, Dr Emma inspects Rosie’s lipoma for herself.
‘Oh gosh, that is a good love handle,’ Dr Emma smiles as Rosie reveals the lump. ‘From the scan itself it looks like it’s going between the muscles.’
After finishing her examination of the lipoma, Dr Emma offers Rosie her thoughts.
‘I love removing lipomas, I love opening it out and seeing what’s inside,’ she starts. ‘There’s a slight problem with your one that will stop me doing it, and it’s the fact that it goes in between the muscles.’
Talking things over, Dr Emma explains that due to the size of the lipoma, Rosie will need to put under general anaesthetic to have the lump safely removed, something she doesn’t do at her clinic. Thankfully, Dr Emma knows just the man for the job.
‘My colleague, who is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Richard Young, he does operate on people while they are asleep, and does a beautiful job on removing lipomas,’ she says.
Rosie hopes to put 10 years’ worth of upset behind her when she pays a visit to Dermatological Surgeon Dr Emma Craythorne at her Harley Street clinic (pictured)
Rosie explains that she used to be a social butterfly but just hides in the corner due to the embarrassment of her lump (pictured)
With a plan of action in place, Rosie leaves the clinic feeling elated, ready for Mr Young to remove her lipoma once and for all.
‘I had no idea that it was going to be so complicated, and I was very happy that Dr Emma was able to refer me. I’m so delighted,’ she says.
Fast forward five weeks, and it’s the day of Rosie’s surgery.
‘I’m here today to get my lipoma on my right-hand side removed,’ Rosie says. ‘I’ve waited a long time for this day to come, and I’m very, very excited.’
With Rosie brought into the operating theatre, it’s time for Mr Richard Young to get to work.
‘Rosie’s going to have a general anaesthetic, because the lipoma’s a little bit large for a dermatology outpatient removal,’ he says. ‘I think it’ll take about an hour, hour and a half of surgical time, and then during the procedure we’re hopefully going to take the lump away for her.’
With Rosie out for the count, Mr Young makes his first incision.
Dr Emma (pictured) explains that due to the size of the lipoma, Rosie will need to put under general anaesthetic to have the lump safely removed, something she doesn’t do at her clinic
After removing the lipoma from Rosie’s muscle, Mr Young gently lifts the orange bundle of fat out of the wound, and plops it into a tray (pictured)
‘We’ve measured Rosie’s lump on the scan, and it’s about 12 centimetres by about seven, a little bit like a big mango, so it’s quite a ball of fat,’ he says, opening up Rosie’s skin.
With the lipoma coming into view, Mr Young removes the stringy fibres keeping the lump in place. Clamping open the incision wound, he works at freeing the lipoma from the muscle wall.
After removing the lipoma from Rosie’s muscle, Mr Young gently lifts the orange bundle of fat out of the wound, and plops it into a tray.
‘There we go,’ he says, breathing a sigh of relief. ‘It’s fairly sizeable, and it looks like it came out in one!’
After putting in deep stitches and repairing the skin, it’s job done for Mr Young, and Rosie is wheeled away to recovery.
‘It’s great finally not to have a big lump sticking out now of my side, it’s brilliant,’ Rosie says after she comes to. ‘The first thing I’m going to do when I get home is wear a nice fitted top and a nice fitted dress. It feels like I have a waistline again!’
The Bad Skin Clinic airs tonight at 10pm on Quest Red, available to stream on discovery+