How Lip Commissuroplasty Can Perfect Your Lips

Your lips are a major part of your facial expression and overall look. But when it’s not symmetrical, it can really mess with your smile’s balance. That’s where lip commissuroplasty comes in. This cosmetic procedure is designed to fix those issues, bringing back the perfect contours to your lips with expert care.

What is Lip Commissuroplasty?

Lip commissuroplasty is a meticulous surgical technique aimed at correcting imperfections specifically at the corners of the mouth, scientifically termed the oral commissures. Skilled surgeons use this procedure to enhance the look of your lips, restore balance, and refresh your entire facial expression.

Benefits of Lip Commissuroplasty

If you’re thinking about lip commissuroplasty, here are five great benefits to consider:

  • Restored youthfulness

This procedure lifts and rejuvenates drooping corners of the mouth, giving you a more youthful and vibrant look. You’ll feel more energetic and confident with your refreshed appearance.

  • Symmetrical lip appearance

It corrects any asymmetries and imbalances, making sure both sides of your mouth align perfectly. This results in a more balanced and attractive facial profile.

  • Diminished marionette lines

Say goodbye to those annoying marionette lines. Lip commissuroplasty smooths out wrinkles and creases, giving you a more youthful and rejuvenated look.

  • Increased confidence and self-esteem

With improved lip shape, symmetry, and overall aesthetics, you’ll likely feel a boost in your confidence and self-assurance, ready to take on life with renewed enthusiasm.


  • Natural-Looking, personalized results

A board-certified surgeon tailors the procedure to your unique facial features and desired outcome, ensuring subtle enhancements that complement your natural beauty.

  • Long-lasting Results

Enjoy a more balanced and youthful smile for years to come, boosting your confidence and potentially improving your overall well-being.

  • Minimal Scarring

Strategically placed incisions result in discreet scarring, ensuring natural-looking enhancements.


  • Potential risks and complications

While rare, there are risks such as infection, bleeding, scarring, and reactions to anesthesia. It’s important to discuss these with your surgeon.

  • Temporary discomfort and swelling

You might experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising after the procedure, which can affect your daily activities during recovery.

  • Cost 

As a surgical procedure, lip commissuroplasty comes with costs, including fees for the surgeon, facility, and anesthesia.

  • Unrealistic expectations

It’s very important to keep your expectations realistic. Knowing what the procedure can and can’t do and setting achievable goals will help ensure you’re happy with the results.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Ideal candidates for lip commissuroplasty typically exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Downturned corners of the mouth

If you have downturned corners of your mouth that make you look sad or like you’re frowning, lip commissuroplasty can help. This procedure lifts and rejuvenates those corners, giving you a happier and more youthful appearance.

  • Marionette lines

If you’re worried about marionette lines—those vertical creases from your mouth to your chin—lip commissuroplasty can help. This procedure smooths out those lines, rejuvenating your facial appearance.

  • Lip asymmetry

If you have imbalanced or asymmetrical lips due to issues with your oral commissures, it can affect your facial harmony. Lip commissuroplasty enhances lip symmetry, giving you a more balanced and harmonious appearance.

  • Good overall health and realistic expectations

You should be in good health and have realistic expectations. A thorough consultation will help make sure your goals align with the potential outcomes of the procedure.

  • Willingness to follow pre and post-operative care instructions

To get the best results, it’s very important to follow all care instructions closely. You’ll need to commit to the guidelines for both preparation and recovery to ensure everything goes smoothly and you achieve optimal results.

How It’s Done

  1. Precise incisions

Your surgeon will start by making precise incisions at the corners of your mouth, strategically placed to effectively access the underlying muscles and tissues.

  1. Manipulation of muscles and tissues

With access to these underlying structures, your surgeon will carefully adjust the muscles and tissues to achieve the desired correction. This might involve repositioning and lifting the corners of your mouth for a more uplifted and symmetrical look.

  1. Removal of excess tissue (if necessary)

Sometimes, excess tissue can affect your appearance. If needed, your surgeon will remove any excess tissue to refine your lip contours and enhance symmetry, ensuring the best results.

  1. Meticulous closure

Once the necessary corrections are made, your surgeon will meticulously close the incisions. Special care will be taken to minimize scarring, placing the incisions in the natural creases of your mouth. This careful approach helps preserve your natural look while achieving the desired enhancement.

Recovery Timeline and What to Expect

Recovering from lip commissuroplasty is generally smooth, with most people getting back to their normal routines relatively quickly:

  • Immediate Post-operative Phase (1-2 Weeks)

Expect some mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Pain medication can help manage any discomfort you feel. Keep your head elevated and avoid strenuous activities to promote healing. Sutures are typically removed within this period.

  • Weeks 2-4

Swelling and bruising should significantly subside. You can start to gradually return to your normal activities, but continue to avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting. Any lingering numbness or tightness should start to improve.

  • Months 1-3

You’ll start to see the final results as any remaining swelling goes down. The incisions will become less noticeable and blend with the natural contours of your mouth. Most people can return to all normal activities, including exercise, with their surgeon’s approval.

  • Beyond 3 months

Enjoy the lasting benefits of a rejuvenated and harmonious smile. Any subtle scarring will continue to fade. Maintain your results with proper skincare and sun protection.

Potential Risks of Lip Commissuroplasty

It’s important to understand the potential risks before deciding to undergo lip commissuroplasty. Here are some possible risks to be aware of:

  • Infection

Even with strict sterile techniques, there’s a risk of infection. Pre-operative antibiotics and sterile protocols help reduce this risk. Keep an eye out for signs like swelling, redness, warmth, or drainage, and notify your surgeon immediately if you notice any.

  • Bleeding

Though rare, bleeding can happen during or after the procedure. Surgeons take precautions to minimize this risk, but it’s crucial for you to follow post-operative instructions carefully.

  • Scarring

You might have visible scarring at the incision sites, though these are usually discreet and hidden within the natural creases of your mouth. Proper wound care and following post-operative instructions can help reduce the appearance of scars.

  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia

You might experience adverse reactions to anesthesia, such as nausea, vomiting, or allergic reactions. Pre-operative screening helps minimize these risks, so be sure to discuss any known allergies or medical conditions with your surgeon beforehand.

Schedule a Consultation. 

Are downturned corners or uneven lips making you feel self-conscious? These issues can mess with your confidence and make you look sad or tired.

Led by Dr. Haidenberg and Dr. Yaker, Plano Plastic Surgery has produced stunning cosmetic surgeries. Our lip commissuroplasty can lift and rejuvenate your mouth corners. Our approach is personalized to your unique needs, ensuring you get the best results. 

Take the first step towards a more balanced and youthful appearance with a lip commissuroplasty procedure. Call us to book a consultation. We serve patients in and around Plano, Texas including Richardson, Allen, Dallas, Garland, Arlington, and more.