Lipo and Dermabrasion for Fatty Lump Between Lower Lip and Chin?

I have a fatty lump between my lower lip and chin that bothering me aesthetically. It's stretchy, fatty lump, not a hard lump. A RealSelf doctor/contributor suggested me to do excision. But when I consulted a local plastic surgeon, he didn't suggest me to do excision. He suggested me to do local Liposuction and dermabrasion to flatten the surface skin. He also said excision will cause a bad scar on that area. So which is the best option for my problem?

Doctor Answers 6

Lump in the chin

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Although the plastic surgeon was in the best position to give you advice, since he examined you, I would make a couple of comments about his recommendations.

First, I think that doing liposuction in this confined area of the chin is difficult, and achieving a smooth contour would be difficult through that approach.

Second, incisions in this area of the chin can heal very well. I have not had any difficulty with this area of the chin in terms of unsightly scars.

Having said that, I would also say that if liposuction is done and the results are not satisfactory, surgery would still be an option.

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

Scar of lower lip and chin

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This is an unusual area for a fatty tumor. Therefore it is unlikely that liposuction would be of any benefit. However, it is also a bad area for a scar and likely to develop thick scarring. So there is no easy answer.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Treatment of area of chin

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 Without knowing the cause of this enlarged area below the lip, and examining you, it would be difficult to assess what can be done to improve it.  

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Facial liposuction

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It's difficult to determine the best procedure without actually feeling the area.  However, if it's soft you could try liposuction and save actual excision as a last resort.  Dermabrasion may not be necessary if liposuction does the trick.  Good luck!

It is difficult to tell from this photo

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The best answer comes from an evaluation in person. This way the physician feels the texture and gets an impression of its hardness, mobility vs. fixed position, its origin such as the epidermis or deeper structures. Resurfacing might make you lose enough epidermis that the texture will become shiny and smooth and you may lose pigment in that area (temporarily or permanently). An excision will replace that lump with a linear scar. It’s important to know what possibly caused this, how long it has been there and if it is growing.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

More information needed to respond

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I would need more information before I could offer an answer. Questions like how long has it been there? Is it getting bigger? etc.

My feeling is that liposuction in that area is not going to achieve what you are looking for. Based on the photo alone, without further information my inclination would be to excise the area.

Darrick E. Antell, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

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