6/7 weeks post op since I had some remaining microcystic lymphatic malformation, neuroma, hypertophic salivary glands and some older scar tissue removed inside my upper lip. Still a portion the size of my thumb nail that protrudes outward which is still very firm/hard. Told to start massage after a month with Vaseline. Any suggestions to help flatten soften this quicker as it doesn't look very good and is uncomfortable: Silicone Gel/Sheets, Steroid Injections, Laser, etc..? Thank you.
Post Op Firmness in Upper Lip?
Doctor Answers 3
Bulky mass on the upper lip or lower lip
If you have residual scar tissue in the upper lip after your surgery, you may be a candidate for scar revision and debulking procedures.
Postop scar management
Hypertrophic surgical scar is common for upper lip due to combination of reaction of buried sutures, inflammation/swelling of subcutaneous tissue etc and can last few months and occasionally longer. Scar massage is key, firm circular massage 10x each time you do it, 3-4x/day. Combination of intralesional Kenalog injection and/or laser treatments can be helpful. GenesisPlus laser is helpful for hypertrophic scar and VBeam laser is effective to minimize redness though multiple treatments are often required.
Hardened lip after surgery
6-7 weeks is early. The scar tends to soften over several months, but cortisone injections and massage may help.