How Can My Double Lip Be Fixed?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Recently, a plastic surgeon noted that my frenulum was attached and performed a surgical procedure to release it. While it did improve my gummy smile slightly, unfortunately, it exacerbated my double lip issue. I currently reside in Tampa, Florida, and have been diligently researching experienced plastic surgeons who specialize in this procedure. During my search, I came across your website and was impressed by your expertise.

I’m a healthy individual, and although this deformity has bothered me for some time, I’m understandably concerned about the potential risks of further intervention. However, I’m determined to find a solution and would like to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to discuss the best course of action.

Thank you for your attention to my inquiry.

A:The interesting aspect of your double upper lip is that you have a significant gummy smile with it. And by your own history release of the maxillary frenulum (which is not an effective treatment for a gummy smile) further exposed an already present double lip. This poses a treatment dilemma as should just the double lip be treated (which may make the gummy smile worse), should the gummy smile be treated (which may not fully correct the double lip) or should both be treated concurrently. My suspicion is that the latter applies through a lowering vestibuloplasty technique.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon