Why does the center of my upper lip have a gap? (photo)

I need your help! I had this problem for year i dont if its inflammation on my upper lip or a gap. I had braces before and before i had braces i never had this problem. Could it be the braces?? Is it my normal lips or is there something wrong?

Doctor Answers 4

Braces causing a gap in lip?

Having had braces myself once upon a time, I doubt the braces could cause a permanent gap in your lip. It is somewhat unusual as where you have a gap, most people have a bump or we call it a tubercle. This is a convergence of the lip muscle. The only thing I can think of is that some kind of trauma ripped or caused the muscle in your lip to fall apart there. The other possibility is that you were born like that (many are) and it has just become more noticeable with the swelling of your lips around the gap. 
I don't think it is dangerous, but if it bothers you, a small amount of filler can camouflage it easily. 


Pasadena Plastic Surgeon
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Lip gaps can be permanently fixed with a small soft implant easily.

Lip implants are soft and come in all sizes and shapes to fix lip defects quickly and easily permanently.

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Lip and Gap

It is difficult to say what the gap is and how to correct if from the photos. It would be difficult to say that braces caused this kind of problem.  I would consult a specialist to see if fillers can resolve this.  Best, Dr. Green

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Patients concerned of the appearance of an 'acquired' lip gap should compare current pictures with old pictures to determine if that is a new physical finding or if the patient just became aware that that physical finding was present for a long time

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