Would Lip Implants Need To Be Removed For Mouth Widening Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Would lip implants need to be removed before undergoing mouth widening surgery? Will they cause limitations in how much the mouth corners can be widened? That seem to have made my mouth corners tighter.

A: No they would not as the soft tissue movements would be done lateral to them. It may be possible that the tail of the implants may need to be trimmed if they extend completely to the mouth corners but this is not problematic for the procedure. However doing mouth widening surgery on a patient who have indwelling lip implants is not a clinical situation I have yet seen.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana