Is There A Risk Of Ingrown Hairs From Mouth Widening Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hope you are are well. It was good to visit you last summer to have a one on one session about mouth widening surgery – I believe it was well worth the traveling costs.

I have one question before proceeding to confirm the surgery – Is ingrown hairs on the mouth corners a concern?

Looking forward to your feedback.

A: While I have not yet seen that to be a problem in mouth widening in males, since males have beard skin it is always a potential possibility. Around the mouth area in men when the vermilion borders are advanced out further into the face, the vermilion-cutaneous junction is now going to involve the hair follicles. This creating an entrapped hair follicle (iatrogenic ingrown hair) is always possible.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana