Question: How does fat necrosis occur?

Fat necrosis is a condition that occurs when a person experiences an injury to an area of fatty tissue. This can result in the fat being replaced with the oily contents of fat cells. The term “necrosis” means the cells have died.

Does fat necrosis go away on its own?

Fat necrosis and oil cysts usually dont need to be treated. Sometimes fat necrosis goes away on its own. If a needle aspiration is done to remove the fluid in an oil cyst, it can also serve as treatment. If the lump or lumpy area gets bigger or becomes bothersome, however, surgery may be done.

What does necrosis of the skin look like?

There are two main types of necrotic tissue present in wounds. One is a dry, thick, leathery tissue usually a tan, brown, or black color. The other is often yellow, tan, green, or brown and might be moist, loose, and stringy in appearance. Necrotic tissue will eventually become black, hard, and leathery.

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