Risks of Tissue Growth Removal from Inside the Lip?

I have some tissue growth inside my lip. My oral surgeon said it is probably caused by biting on lip many times and/or aggravated by my dental partials. What are the risks of removing that extra growth? I have sores there on and off. It almost feels like canker sores. It's been that way for 3 months now. Sometimes it feels sore; sometimes it doesn't. I don't want to take unnecessary risks if I don't have to. What risks come with this kind of tissue removal?

Doctor Answers 4

Risks of tissue growth removal inside the lip

VERY small. The mouth heals extremely well with hard to see scars.

Although the "growths" you refer to could very well be a scar response to repeated trauma, in a small number of people, such tissue may actually be a cancer. Whenever something persists for a while, ulcerates or just should not be there, the SAFEST COURSE OF ACTION is to either take a small piece out to have a pathologist review it (INCISIONAL biopsy) or remove the whole lesion (EXCISIONAL biopsy). Either one would be acceptable in your case.

Unless there is something you did not tell us, the wound should heal without problems.

Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Removing a bump or lump on the lips

The tissue can be surgically removed with a small surgical procedure, followed by suture closure. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Tissue growth in the mouth

Most likely this tissue is benign.. Like you said sometimes from biting on the lip mucosa you can aggravate the situation and this can usually be easily excised. It can also be sent off to pathology for evaluation just to make sure it is not a cancer.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Risks are small

Generally, the oral mucosa heals very well. My concern with an area of chronic irriatation is that it could represent an oral cancer; I would definitely sent the tissue to a Pathologist in order to determine the nature of the problem.

However, in most circumstances with non smokers, such areas represent areas of irritation.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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