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Mucocele or not
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Mucocele or not

I have what I feel to be a mucocele caused by a fall three years ago.  The only thing is, it is on the upper lip and very superficial.  If it is a mucocele, will it be more difficult to surgically remove, and if it isn't a mucocele, can it be repaired?  It does swell sometimes and then decrease in size at other times.
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The brief history and description you are giving us makes the diagnosis of a mucocele very likely.  However a clinical exam and biopsy would be necessary to make it definitive.  I would recommend seeing an oral surgeon to biopsy or remove the mass.  It could also be a fibroma (benign) and both are typically straightforward to remove.
Good luck,
Dr T

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I'm actually more worried now.  The doctor looked at it Tuesday and said there was a 2 cm lesion and his first recommendation was sedation.  Is this going to be that painful to remove when it is that large?
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Getting more nervous by the minute.  Apparently mine has not penetrated and is more deeply embedded.  Does this make extraction more painful?  I wish there were some video online of an upper lip mucocele surgery like the lower lip one on youtube.
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