Ask a doctor

How Do I Remove a Black Spot from my Bottom Lip?

I am a smoker and currentley working on stopping. About 10 months ago i got a burn on my lip and the spot turned black attached is a photo so you can see more or less what im dealing with. It's definetley affecting my social life. I even tried squeezing it and kinda poked it a bit with no luck of course I would appreciate any advise

Doctor Answers (3)

Excision

+2

I would recommend its total removeal via a simple excision. Either a plastic surgeon, dermatologic surgeon or oral surgeon would be fine for this exscion.

To my eye, this lesion looks suspcious for malignancy (melanoma), and should be removed as soon as possible.


Virginia Beach Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Picture not very helpful...too dark...but

+1

almost always these spots are not cancerous...and more cosmetic than anything else...kind of an overgrown freckle...after appropriate evaluation it can be treated by freezing, burning or laser...usually not a big deal...very rarely a problem...but more may appear over time...and good luck on stopping the cigarettes...very addictive habit but horrible consequences in the long run...

Ken Landow, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Shave removal might do well

+1

I would first evaluate this in person. If I was  at all suspicious of malignancy I would first do a biopsy to diagnose it. If it came back benign I would shave the lesion off as that would give a wondeful cosmetic result. If I was less suspicious I would shave it off from beginning. The photo is difficult to evaluate and this also could be a vascular lesion. 

Jo Herzog, MD
Birmingham Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.