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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 198-202

Surgical correction of congenital double lip

Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Manvi Chandra Agarwal
Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/ams.ams_271_19

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Double lip is an unusual clinical finding, considered to be a developmental anomaly, and usually involving the upper lip more frequently than the lower lip. It may be seen in isolation or in association with Ascher's syndrome. It is caused by excessive areolar tissue and noninflammatory labial mucosa gland hyperplasia of pars villosa. During smiling, the lip is retracted, and the mucosa is positioned over the maxillary teeth, resulting in “cupid's bow” appearance. The incidence of this anomaly is not known. It has been reported in cleft patients, following lip trauma, and as a consequence of lip-biting habits. It might pose esthetic or functional problems and may be a reason for psychological stress to the affected individual because of over shown hyperplastic lip tissue. Surgical treatment is indicated for the correction of this disfigurement. Various surgical techniques have been suggested to address the double upper lip anomaly. All of these involve the excision of excessive mucosa and the underlying tissue. This case series puts forward the surgical management of this rare anomaly in a relatively simple manner. Double lip is a subject of interest to the dental clinicians because they usually are the first professionals to detect, identify, and treat this uncommon condition.

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