I would like to have my mouth appear wider. My lips are quite thin and they often look odd paired with my large cheeks and nose. What kind of procedures would help with that look? Also, the corners of my lips are basically non-existent, would injections there make my cheeks puff out less or would I just need to get the lines filled?
Is It Possible to Make my Mouth Wider? (photo)
Doctor Answers (4)
Mouth Widening by Commissurotomy
A mouth can be made wider by a procedure known as a commissurotomy. This is where skin is removed from beyond the exsting corners of the mouth and the vermilion/mucosa advanced outward to cover the area where the skin was removed. While it can effectively make the mouth wider, it does so at the price of some small scars around the corners. This trade-off has to be seriously considered in a purely cosmetic reason for mouth widening or commissure expansion.
In my 40 years of practice I have only done one ( but a successful one) operation to extend the corners of mouth. In addition the corners were raised as would also benefit you.
Lip augmentation/ enhancement
Hello 'Idonteven', thanks for your question. There IS a way to widen your oral aperture through surgical incisions of your commissures and advancements of the mucosa, which we sometimes do for microstomia reconstruction cases, but I would not recommend it in your case. The width of your mouth actually nicely balances the aesthetics of your face and any attempts to widen it can detract from the feminine qualities and proportions to your face, leading to a masculinizing effect. Thus, I would not obsess over it too much. One thing that could enhance the cosmetic appearance of your mouth is to have thicker, fuller lips with the help of fillers, which can be performed safely as a simple office procedure. The key here is moderation to avoid the 'blowfish' effect, which unfortunately is fairly prevalent here in southern California. I recommend having a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who knows the lip anatomy well and stays conservative with your lip augmentation procedure to give you a beautiful, aesthetic enhancement to your lips, just in time for Valentine's day. Hope that helps! -Dr.92660