How to correct the mounds around the sides of my mouth, which are much more prominent on my left side. (photo)

I am 28 now. When I started college, I gained 15 pounds, and I noticed the mounds for the first time shortly after I lost the weight a few years later. They have become more noticeable over time, and though my weight tends to fluctuate within a ten pound range, it does not seem to impact the appearance of the mounds. I think that they may be due to asymmetrical facial sagging, as I have noticed that at rest the left half of my mouth is closed while the right side is slightly open.

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Asymmetric Peri-oral Mounds

I would recommend not trying to alter these mounds but instead I would blend surrounding structures to help camouflage the mounds. Therefore,subtle filling above,below,and lateral to the mound will help to  diminish the appearance of the mounds.


Ridgewood Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Perioral Mounds

Very small cannula microliposuction done from small incisions inside the mouth is the definite treatment for these small fat collections by the sides of the mouth.

How to correct the mounds around the sides of my mouth, which are much more prominent on my left side.

You are a beautiful young 28 yo woman.  There is nothing that i would offer you at this point because what you are noticing and highlighting is not something that is a big prominent part of your face.  Your lips are nice and full and have a nice shape to them.  Although you notice this, it is not something that readily jumps out.  For this reason I would tell you to not chase this.  You have other beautiful attractive features on your face that you should focus on.  Good luck
Dr Vasisth  

Bhupesh Vasisht, MD
Voorhees Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss effects face too

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Hard to say for sure without physical exam but your lips appear fine to me, attractive and full. The fullness you describe just lateral to the corners of your mouth may be well defined areas of fat, highly amenable to micro-liposuction. Be sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. Good luck!

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