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Lip Lesion Removal

Lip Lesion Removal

The lips, one of our most expressive facial features, can sometimes develop lesions, which may alter their appearance, function and may cause discomfort or worry. This is where lip lesion removal comes into play. This procedure can offer a solution to individuals who are grappling with unwanted or potentially harmful lesions on their lips. Lip lesions can range from benign growths like mucoceles, fibromas, or lipomas, to more severe cases like squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma.

Anca Breahna’s expertise in lip lesion removal is well-recognised in her field, making her a trusted choice for patients seeking these procedures.



At a glance

Procedure Time
Depends on the type of procedure performed
Procedure Anaesthesia
Local or General Anaesthesia

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What is Lip Lesion Removal?

Lip lesion removal is a medical procedure conducted by a plastic surgeon, to get rid of lesions on the lips. The type of procedure used largely depends on the type, size, location, and nature of the lesion.

Lesions on the lips can be of various types and caused by a myriad of factors including trauma, infections, inflammatory conditions, and neoplastic growths. Some lesions might be benign and cosmetic concerns while others may carry a risk of malignancy. The lip lesion removal procedure not only helps improve the appearance of the lips but also curbs the risk of potential health complications in the case of suspicious lesions.

An accurate diagnosis through a biopsy is often the first step, which helps to determine the most effective treatment method. It is a process that requires careful examination, precision, and professional expertise.

Though lip lesion removal is considered safe, like any other medical procedure, it comes with its share of risks and complications.

Who Needs Lip Lesion Removal?

The need for lip lesion removal can arise in various circumstances, and a wide range of individuals may require this procedure. Here are some of the common scenarios:

  • Cosmetic Concerns: Many people seek lip lesion removal purely for cosmetic reasons. Lesions on the lips, regardless of their benign nature, can significantly alter a person’s appearance and, by extension, their comfort in social situations. If you have a lesion that you feel detracts from your appearance, you may be a suitable candidate for lip lesion removal
  • Functional Issues: Lesions on the lips can sometimes cause functional problems. They may interfere with speech, eating, or other activities involving the mouth. If you’re experiencing such difficulties, lip lesion removal could provide a solution
  • Potential Health Risks: Certain lip lesions carry a risk of becoming malignant or are already malignant. If a biopsy or other diagnostic method indicates that a lesion could pose a health risk, a healthcare provider will likely recommend removal as a preventative measure or treatment
  • Persistent Lesions: Sometimes, lesions may persist despite non-invasive treatment attempts such as topical medication or less invasive procedures. In such instances, lip lesion removal might be the best course of action

The ultimate decision for lip lesion removal, like all medical procedures, should be made in consultation with your plastic surgeon. Anca will consider your specific case, including the type of lesion, your overall health, and your personal preferences, to make the best recommendation for your situation.

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Benefits of the Lip Lesion Removal Procedure

Lip lesion removal comes with several benefits, which contribute to its popularity as a choice of treatment. Here are some of the most notable benefits:

  • Restoration of Normal Appearance: One of the most significant benefits of lip lesion removal is the restoration of a person’s normal appearance. This can have a significant positive impact on an individual’s daily life and interactions
  • Prevention of Health Complications: Lip lesion removal can help to prevent potential health complications, especially in cases where the lesion carries a risk of malignancy. By removing the lesion, the procedure can stop the potential progression to a more serious condition
  • Relief from Discomfort: Some lip lesions can cause discomfort or pain. Lip lesion removal provides relief from such discomfort, improving the quality of life
  • Restoration of Normal Function: In cases where the lesion interferes with the normal function of the mouth, like eating or speaking, its removal can restore these functions, making daily activities easier

Types of Procedures


Excision is a traditional surgical procedure and it involves the following steps:

  • Anaesthesia: The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia to numb the area and prevent pain
  • Removal: Anca uses a scalpel to cut out the lesion entirely. The depth and extent of the excision depend on the size and nature of the lesion
  • Stitches: After the lesion has been removed, the wound is usually stitched up to promote healing and reduce scarring
  • Sample Testing: The removed tissue is often sent to a laboratory for further testing to confirm the nature of the lesion and ensure all of it has been removed


This is a non-surgical method that involves the following steps:

  • Application: A very cold substance, typically liquid nitrogen, is applied directly to the lesion using a cotton swab or a spray device
  • Freezing: The extreme cold causes the cells within the lesion to freeze and subsequently die
  • Fall Off: Over time, the frozen lesion gradually dries up and falls off, allowing new, healthy skin to grow in its place

Laser Ablation

This is a modern, non-invasive technique that involves the following steps:

  • Anaesthesia: Local anaesthesia is applied to numb the area, although sometimes anaesthesia may not be necessary depending on the laser’s intensity and the patient’s comfort levels
  • Removal: A high-intensity light beam (laser) is directed at the lesion, which absorbs the light and gets destroyed. The precision of the laser allows for targeted treatment, minimising damage to surrounding healthy tissue

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

This is a specialised surgical method often used for larger or complex lesions, involving the following steps:

  • Anaesthesia: Local anaesthesia is applied to numb the area
  • Layer-by-Layer Removal: The plastic surgeon removes the lesion in thin layers. Each layer is examined under a microscope immediately after removal
  • Continuation: The process continues until your plastic surgeon no longer sees abnormal cells under the microscope, ensuring all of the lesion has been removed while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible

How is the Lip Lesion Removal Procedure Performed

The specific steps of a lip lesion removal procedure can vary depending on the method chosen. However, here is a general overview of what you might expect:

  • Preparation: Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. This might include guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and medications
  • Anaesthesia: In most cases, lip lesion removal is performed under local anaesthesia, which means you’ll be awake but will not feel any pain in the area being treated
  • Removal: Anca will then remove the lesion using the chosen method. This could involve cutting, freezing, burning, or using a laser to destroy the lesion
  • Closing the Wound: If the lesion was cut out, your plastic surgeon might use stitches to close the wound. In other cases, the wound might be left open to heal
  • Post-Procedure Care: After the procedure, Anca will give you specific instructions for care. This might include how to clean the area, what kind of ointment to apply, what activities to avoid, and when to return for a follow-up appointment

There are several methods available for the removal of lip lesions. The specific technique used may depend on the type, size, location, and nature of the lesion, as well as the individual patient’s overall health and preferences.

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Recovery after Lip Lesion Removal Procedure

The recovery process after a lip lesion removal procedure will vary depending on the method used for removal and your personal health circumstances. Here is a general overview of what to expect during recovery:

  • Immediate Aftercare: After the procedure, you might experience some swelling, bruising, or discomfort in the treated area. Applying a cold compress can help reduce swelling, and over-the-counter painkillers can help manage discomfort
  • Wound Care: Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to take care of the wound. This will likely include cleaning the area gently with a mild cleanser and water, and applying an antibiotic ointment. You should also avoid picking at or scratching the area as it heals
  • Eating and Drinking: For the first few days after the procedure, you might need to stick to a diet of soft foods and avoid hot beverages to prevent discomfort. You should also avoid alcohol and tobacco, as these can slow the healing process
  • Activity Restrictions: Your plastic surgeon might recommend avoiding certain activities that could strain the treated area, such as strenuous exercise or heavy lifting, until the wound has healed
  • Follow-Up Appointments: You will likely need to return for a follow-up appointment a week or two after the procedure. During this appointment, Anca will check how well the area is healing and remove any stitches if necessary


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Frequently asked questions

Lip lesion removal procedures can be used to treat a wide variety of lesions, ranging from benign growths like mucoceles, fibromas, or lipomas, to potentially malignant ones like squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma. These procedures can also treat lesions resulting from trauma or inflammatory conditions. The type of procedure used will depend on the type, size, location, and nature of the lesion. It’s essential to consult with a plastic surgeon for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Suitability for a lip lesion removal procedure is usually determined by a healthcare provider and depends on several factors. These include the type, size, and location of the lesion, your overall health, and the presence of any potential health risks associated with the lesion. Generally, you may be considered a candidate if you have a lip lesion that is causing cosmetic concerns, functional problems, persistent despite treatment, or carries a risk of malignancy.

Recovery after a lip lesion removal procedure can vary greatly depending on the specifics of the procedure and your personal health. Generally, you can expect some swelling, bruising, or discomfort in the treated area immediately after the procedure. You may need to follow a specific wound care regimen, adjust your diet to soft foods, and avoid certain activities for a period. Your plastic surgeon will give you detailed instructions tailored to your situation. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your healing progress.

While lip lesion removal procedures are generally safe, they can carry some risks, as with any medical procedure. These can include infection, scarring, changes in lip sensation, allergic reactions, and the possibility of incomplete removal necessitating additional treatment. Anca will discuss these potential risks with you before the procedure and advise you on how to minimise them.

The possibility of visible scarring after a lip lesion removal procedure depends on several factors, including the method of removal, the size and location of the lesion, and individual healing factors. Procedures that involve cutting or damaging the skin can result in some degree of scarring. However, Anca typically uses techniques to minimise scarring, and any scars that do form often become less noticeable over time. In cases where scarring is a concern, discuss this with your plastic surgeon before the procedure to understand what to expect and explore potential options to further minimise scarring.

As with any medical procedure, lip lesion removal carries some potential risks. These can include:

  • Infection: There’s always a risk of infection when the skin is broken. Following your plastic surgeon’s aftercare instructions can help minimise this risk
  • Scarring: Any procedure that involves cutting or damaging the skin can result in scarring. However, Anca is skilled at minimising scarring, and any scars that do form often become less noticeable over time
  • Changes in Lip Sensation: Some people may experience temporary or permanent changes in sensation in the treated area. This can include numbness or tingling
  • Allergic Reactions: There’s a risk of allergic reaction to the anaesthesia or other substances used during the procedure
  • Incomplete Removal: In some cases, not all of the lesion may be removed during the procedure. This could require additional treatment

While these risks may sound concerning, remember that most people who undergo lip lesion removal procedures recover well and are satisfied with the results. A skilled plastic surgeon can help minimise these risks and provide care and support throughout the recovery process.

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

Ms Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

Anca performs a wide range of Hand Surgery & Skin Surgery and Aesthetic Breast, Body and Face Surgery,

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As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in the region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care. It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has mainly been undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK and has worked Internationally to further extend her qualifications and training.

The team at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery looks forward to meeting you and will treat you with respect, consideration, and empathy.

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Get a Medical Referral before your consultation at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

  • A Referral from your Doctor is not essential, however it is recommended to have one

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is usually available on-site
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided

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How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

  • You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

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