Dog Bite Lip Scar Treatment

I was bitten by a dog Feb 2010 I had 19 Stitches in my lip what treatments are available. The scar looks like a Cold Sore it is on the side of my lip and it's raised

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Scar treatment for lips can be done either surgically or with filler

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Scar treatment for lips can be done either surgically or with filler. If the scar is indented, you can lift it with filler. If it’s an elevated scar, it usually needs surgery to cut it out or sometimes your doctor can laser it.


New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Lip Scar Treatment after Dog Bite

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Dog bites can cause terrible injuries or infections. The wound is cleansed and carefully closed with plastic surgery to restore facial function and appearance. Facial injuries should be evaluated by a plastic surgeon specialist soon after injury. Followup treatments include wound care, steroid injections, and medications to promote healing and minimize scarring. Lip enhancement with fat injections or grafting may help once adequate healing occured to augment depressed scars. Scar revision surgery may also be required, as needed. Only after a comprehensive evaluation by a facial surgeon specialist can he/she help determine appropriate options for you.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Scar on lip

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The best thing to do is have ti evaluated by a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. They can often recommendations for treatment based upon how it is healing.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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