Q: For several years now, we have had a growing, ugly purplish bump on our lower lips. What can be done about it? Michelle and Sol in Wellington
A: There is no doubt that the lower third of the face: teeth, gums, lips and chin, show one’s age the most. This happens to be the first area that one human focuses on another human. (And on some sub-humans, like my cousin Herb.)
A hemangioma, or venous lake; is a pooling of blood under the translucent skin of the lip. Many surgeons and dermatologists are cautious to remove these due to excessive bleeding, pain and possible scaring from incisions and sutures. The fastest, least invasive way to remove these puppies is with a diode laser, which many dentists already use in the mouth on a daily basis for periodontal treatment and just before crown and bridge impressions along the gum line. Dentist are the best trained to give injections inside the mouth to numb the area. (Many times topicals like Emla cream are not effective). Within 45 seconds the lesion will turn white and in about four weeks, your little purple friend will be gone. I will be covering this at my next lecture (see below).
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Mitchell Josephs will be giving a FREE LECTURE on Incision-Free Dental Implant Surgery, Digital Crowns & Veneers, Choosing a Dental Office and NEW TOPIC: Laser Dentistry, at the Double Tree Hotel, PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens on Friday July 13th at 10:00 AM. Attendees will receive a FREE copy of his book: “Tooth Talk”. Only 20 seats remain! Call today to register at 561-832-2917
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Cosmetic, Implant and General Dentistry in Palm Beach and hosts “Tooth Talk” on WBZT AM1230 (www.radiotoothtalk.com) Dr. Josephs is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry and completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.
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