What Are The Scars From Mouth Widening Surgery Like?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hi I am considering lateral commissuroplasty of increased outer mouth width (1-2mms) equally. Will the scarring be bad? I know the area around mouth is sensible and easily scar-able. But how bad is it? Can the scars be seen from face to face distance or do you have to really look at your face in closeup to see the scars. I will attach my photos of my desired outcome. Do you think my mouth result is achievable with scars that can’t be seen when talking face to face to someone ? (1-3 feet away)

A: The scars from mouth widening surgery is highly influenced by the amount of lateral movement. The usual amount of mouth widening is in the 5 to 7mms range. When it comes to a 1 to 2mm increase, in which I have never done that small amount, it would certainly create the most favorable scar lines.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana