Will My Lip Indentation From Fat Atrophy Resolve On Its Own?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I read your article “Plastic Surgery’s Did You Know? Fat Atrophy after Trauma”. I bit my lip quite hard a few months back and now have atrophy at that area. Does atrophy resolve itself without intervention, and if so, how long does this take? 

Please let me know, 

A: Once fat atrophy occurs the fat tissue is not going to regrow…the fat cells are lost. But time will  answer that question. But after six months if the lip indentation persists it can only be improved by fat grafting to replace what has been lost.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana