What Is a Mucocele?
A mucocele is a benign (non-cancerous) swelling that occurs when the lining of a salivary gland or the inside of the cheek is damaged, causing saliva to leak out and collect in a small pocket. Mucoceles are usually painless and can occur anywhere in the mouth, but they are most common on the lower lip or inside the cheek. They are typically small, round, and smooth, and may be pink, red, or bluish in color.
How Can Mucoceles Be Treated?
There are several treatment options for mucoceles, depending on the size, location, and severity of the cyst. These may include:
- Observation: In many cases, mucoceles resolve on their own without any treatment. Your doctor may recommend simply monitoring the cyst to see if it disappears on its own.
- Warm compresses: Applying warm compresses to the affected area can help to reduce swelling and encourage the mucocele to drain.
- Surgical excision: If the mucocele is large or does not resolve on its own, your doctor may recommend surgical excision. This involves making a small incision in the skin and removing the mucocele.
- Laser surgery: Laser surgery can be used to remove mucoceles that are difficult to reach or located in delicate areas.
- Corticosteroid injections: In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be used to reduce inflammation and shrink the mucocele.
How Long Does the Laser Surgery for A Mucoceles Last?
The laser surgery for a mucocele typically lasts between 30 minutes to an hour. However, the length of the surgery can vary depending on the size and location of the mucocele, as well as the expertise of the surgeon.
When should I seek professional help for Mucoceles?
It is recommended to seek professional help if you notice any of the following:
- Persistent swelling that does not go away or is increasing in size
- Discharge or drainage from the affected area
- Redness, warmth, or pain in the affected area
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Fever or other signs of infection
It is important to have mucoceles evaluated and treated by a medical professional to prevent complications and ensure proper healing.