American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals
Phuong Nguyen
4 years ago

Dog bite chunk off lip

My sister got bit by a dog and a chunk of her lip was bitten off. The lip has healed but there’s a lot of scar tissue build up so the lip looks like there’s a bump on it. What can we do? We went to a plastic surgeon a month after it happened and they did the laser treatment but the scar tissues are still there.

Procedure: Skin rejuvenation and resurfacing
Location: Houston, TX

Replies 4

Troy Pittman
ASPS Surgeon
Add to Favorites

My suggestion is that she have a scar revision on her lip. That thick scar tissue can be removed and the lip repaired in a meticulous fashion.

Francis Collini
ASPS Surgeon

I agree, a scar revision is the treatment of choice. Lasers are ineffective in these situations.

Rahul Vemula
ASPS Surgeon
Add to Favorites

Thanks for your question. At times, do bites leave worse scars than other types of injuries. If it is within a year of the date of injury you may be able to do steroid injections to soften this up. If that doesn't work I think you would benefit from a revision surgery. Depending on how big the area is; it may be able to be done in the office.

Best wishes!

Nelson Castillo

Depending on the amount of time it has been since the injury, I would advocate conservative options such as scar massage, but if it has been 6+ months, a scar revision may be required.


Patient Care Center