When Should You See a Doctor about Soft Tissue Mass?

A soft tissue mass is a lump containing skin cells, fats, and other substances and is usually found in your ligaments, tendons, and muscles. They vary in size and can be cancerous or not. Your specialist can check your soft tissue mass Somerville to determine the best treatment option.  

You should see your doctor if the lump or bump affects your quality of life including your daily activities. Soft tissue mass can occur due to genetic disorders, environmental carcinogens, and radiation exposure.

Types of soft tissue mass

There are many different types of soft tissue mass, but your doctor can analyze whether your soft tissue is cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign). After a careful and extensive assessment, your specialist will determine whether you need treatment.

The following are common types of soft tissue mass:

  • Cyst. A cyst is a lump under your skin, usually containing oils and other substances. They can increase with time and cause pain if inflamed or infected.
  • Lipoma. A lipoma is a cluster of fatty cells between your muscles and skin. Usually, they are harmless, but if they increase in size, they can press on nerves or blood vessels and cause pain.

When should you see a doctor?

Checking for condition progression and how it affects your quality of life should indicate your health status. Sometimes a soft tissue mass cannot affect your daily life. However, with progression, it might limit your activities depending on its size and location.

Before you seek treatment, you should watch out for certain changes and factors regarding the mass. Whether it is the color, shape, or size of the tissue mass, contact your doctor immediately if you experience any changes. It would help if you keep an eye out for the following:

Change in size

While most tissues can appear once or quickly, it is important to check and determine the size of the mass the first time you see it. Note the size from the first observation, and regularly check for any changes in size. If it grows quickly, it is time to call your doctor for evaluation and possibly treatment.


During the first stages of the growth of soft tissue masses, you might not experience pain or discomfort. However, with time you might start to feel pain and tenderness. If the pain affects your daily and normal activities, reach out to your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

Treatment options

Your treatment of soft tissue mass will depend on your type of soft tissue mass. Surgery is one of the most common methods of treatment that your doctor can offer. After evaluation and analysis, your surgeon might excise your cyst or lipoma to relieve the pain.

If your soft tissue mass is found cancerous after the testing, your specialist might recommend chemotherapy in addition to surgery.

If you have a painful or rapidly growing soft tissue mass, visit Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC, for treatment. You will meet qualified and experienced specialists and staff ready to offer a customized treatment plan. Call or book an appointment online today and improve your quality of life.

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