Is There a Way to Reduce the Size of the Orbicularis Oris?

Or make it seem smaller? Thanks.

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Reducing the size of the orbicularis oris

There are ways to reduce the apparent size of the orbicularis oris through enhancement of the chin and nasolabial folds. For that purpose we use autologous fat fascial grafts (LiveFill(R)).

Lip reduction is possible in patients with excessive lip volume as well.

Usually a combination of several methods gives the best result, and minimizes the over-prominence of the lip muscle.

Also make sure your teeth are not overly protruding causing a forward impression on the lip.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Orbicularis oris reduction

There is no way to reduce the size of the orbicularis oris. It is a circular functioning muscle of the mouth. It cannot be cut or removed for fear of paralysis from smiling.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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There is not a satisfactory way to reduce the orbicularis oris muscle.

Your chin is slightly under projected and a chin implant will improve the relaiionship with your lips. If your chin does not bother you, leave everything alone.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Orbicularis Oris

From your picture, you do seem to have an enlarged orbicularis oris. Debulking this muscle or injecting it with Botox could cause significant side effects such as altered smile or problems with eating. You may want to consider a chin implant. You also look like you have an underprojected chin. Augmenting the chin may make the rest of your face look more proportionate. Good luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Orbicularis Oris Hypertrophy

Due to the size and diffuse anatomy of this muscle, it is not practical to debulk the muscle. In some instances the activity can be weakened via use of botulinum toxin. However, this is usually limited to the lip border and most commonly the upper lip only.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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