Mouth Widening Surgery

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m interested in the mouth widening surgery known as lateral commisuroplasty and I’d also like to pursue a lower lip reduction surgery. 

As you can see on the photo below, my lips are pretty narrow and so my mouth is barely any wider than my nose. If I were to undergo a lateral commisuroplasty and a lower lip reduction procedure could I achieve a mouth appearance very similar to these? How much would the two lip procedures cost? 

Also, I looked up photos of jawline augmentation on Google Images and one of them was this Did this patient have a lateral commisuroplasty procedure? I notice that his lips are wider in the after image as there are also some noticeable scars on his mouth corners.

A: It is possible to do a lower lip reduction and lateral commissuroplasties (mouth widening surgery) at the same time.  In looking at your pictures and those of your ideal goals, that is not an achievable mouth widening goal.Realistically you could probably achieve about 1/2 to 3/4 of where you are now compared to ideal mouth width. In the jawline picture that is not my patient so I can not say what procedures he had done.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana