Will Surgically Treating Angular Cheilitis Change The Shape of The Lips?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hello. I saw on your web site a procedure you’ve had success treating angular chelitis. It involves the corner of the mouth. Is that the only area that’s focused on? In other words would it be necessary to raise the upper lip too? I’m trying to find the least invasive, yet effective, treatment.

A: The success in surgically curing angular cheilitis is to remove all chronically infected mucosa and skin. How that may affect the shape of the corner of the mouth depends on the infected/resected area.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon