The one thing that's sort of bothering me is that I have some redness that seems like bruising on my skin on the outside of where my muococele was. I hope it's just bruising, I just noticed it today (5 days later) though I generally don't shave often so it's hard to see colors on my face sometimes.
my lip is sorer today than yesterday for some reason too. i keep doing salt water rinses as was suggested by my doctor and that has kept my lip from swelling or bruising. at least i think that's what's helping. i didn't have any bruising on the outside of my lip but i do have some like dark red areas on the inside that look like bruises. i also think i have some scar tissue forming towards the top of my lip. it's like a hardish white bump but i'm still not sure because it's right by one of my stitches and i'm still a little swollen. i hope that isn't permanenet. i hear that messaging scar tissue might help. do stitches fall out on their own once the area has healed or do they stay in regardless? im totally sick of mine. they have been the worst part of this whole process for me so far!!
Should I be worried? Will it not heal right? Or just not as quickly?
My mucocele was almost 2cm when removed, HUGE! Dentist did a great job (well, six hours later, so far)
I'll keep you posted.
ooh my gosh. weird. i got mine removed and i feel exactly how u feel.
had mine removed, had only two stitches in. one of the two stitches fell out barely five hours after the surgery (the first time i tried to eat). called the doctor in a panic and he said no reason to worry! now i am playing with the other stitch like crazy, its too tempting not too. hoping for a quick and easy recovery!
Hi scaredforsurgery. I came across your post. It's been a little over 2 weeks now- how has your recovery process been? I just had my mucocele removed by my dentist from my left lower lip just this past Tuesday, Feb 14th (Valentine's Day of all days). I also had two dissolvable stitches put in, but one of them came lose and came off last night (24 hours post-op). Now, I still have the other stitch in, and it's on pretty good. There's a small bump from the tightness of the stitch, and some bruising around the area. So, you had no problems with the healing process even though your stitch came out?
Had mine removed Monday. On day 3 and the swellings gone down a bit.
No stitches have fallen out yet, but I'm reaching the point where I wish they would!
Operation wasn't much fun. Took about an hour and I almost passed out twice!
Yesterday morning my mouth had swelled quite a lot and I woke up barely able to talk.
With lots of Ibuprofen and plenty of salt wash things are slowly improving.
I'm slightly worried about whether I've lost sensation in my lip. Part of it still feels numb :S
It would be interesting to hear everyone else's experiences with regards to healing.
On Day 5 now. All swelling seems to have gone. I've had problems with blistering on the outside of my lips where they've gone dry during the swelling. I've used a lot of Vaseline which I think is helping.
I'm considering taking shares in Ibuprofen companies. I'm still taking circa 6 tablets to numb the pain.
Talking/Smiling/eating/brushing teeth is still hurting quite a lot. I'm spending as much time as possible alone as I just find it easier.
Touch wood the wound is looking clean.
No sign of the stitches dissolving yet :|
Day 7. The wound is healing well at least what you can see of it. There's still sign of the slit but it's getting harder to see. May of the stitches have fallen out/apart. Some ends are still showing up.
Unfortunately it still doesn't feel so good. Still struggling with the Talking/Smiling/eating/brushing teeth side of things. The other slightly worrying thing is that where the mucocele used to be there is a lump. I think it's just the incision still swollen up internally. Hopefully it will go down over the coming week.
To look at my face is back to normal now. Until I start talking. At which point I think it's fairly obvious that my lip isn't moving right. I still have a bit of numbness on the right hand side of my lip.
I'm seeing people now but still avoiding talking to much as it still hurts over a period of time.
I've had 3 surgeries to remove my mucocele (lower lip) within a year.
1st time: Incision/scalpel. Stitches remained for about 10 days, dissolved on it's own. Lower lip was swollen for about the same time the stitches were there. Very little scaring on the area. Mucocelle returned 3 months later at the exact same spot. Waited several months before having next surgery.
2nd time: Incision/scalpel. Stitches remained for 5 days. Stitches fell off due to me eating barbeque ribs (insert profanity here), but it was my fault. Lower lip was also swollen for about the same time the stitches were there, and my lip size returned back to normal shortly after stitches were gone. My lip still had a hole filled with dead tissue since the stitches came off early. After three or so weeks, little scaring on the area. Mucocelle also returned at the exact same spot within this time period (insert profanity again).
3rd time: Incision/scalpel + cauterized. Stitches still on after 5 days (had 3rd surgery 5 days ago). Lip still swollen a little, but I believe due to the stitches still being there. Everything else still to be determined...
3 Weeks on now. I'm glad to say pretty much all internal swelling has now gone.
No lump :D
It's amazing how much better it feels not to have the lump next to my teeth.
My lip itself is still a little tight and still feels different to the other side, I think that may take a few more months to truly go back to normal.
However I'm talking normally again. There's no more pain.
All told so far so good :)
And it's back.
4 months of no bump. Bliss. Ignoring the slight stiffness of my lip... or the fact that I now slobber when talking.
It's so depressing.
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