Is It Possible to Remove the Excess Tissue from Lip?

I had stitches removed from my upper lip 16 years ago. Underneath the upper lip there is a lump of tissue that protrudes out from under my lip. Is it possible to get that extra tissue removed?

Doctor Answers 5

Fixing a bump in the lip that is formed after suture placement

Sounds like some residual scar tissue; which can be removed with an outpatient scar revision of the lip.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Best treatment for scar tissue below lip

The extra tissue that you refer to has to be hypertrophic (thick) scar from the original accident that required stitches. It should be relatively easy to remove that scar and close the skin with good cosmetic results. Clean and sharp incisions heal much better than traumatic lacerations.

Maurice M. Khosh, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Extra tissue in lip

Perhaps you developed scar tissue in the lip?  This can be removed by opening the old scar and removing some of the firm tissue. This may come back, but it may not.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Scar tissue lump in lip

Yes it is possible to remove the tissue from the lip and perform a scar revision. In some instances if the scar tissue is the problem, steroids can be injected to soften and flatten the scar.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Removal of extra tissue

It would almost certainly be possible to remove extra tissue from your lip.  This could be done under local anesthesia and the stitches could all be dissolvable.  

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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