When is consultation with a plastic surgeon indicated prior to surgical repair of a complex lip laceration?

Updated: May 03, 2018
  • Author: Gretchen S Lent, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Certain wounds, such as the following, are best closed in consultation with a plastic surgeon:

  • Large flaps

  • Large amounts of the vermilion border missing

  • Macerated wounds

  • Involvement of the commissure

  • Loss of more than 25% of the lip [7]

For more information, see the Medscape article Lip Reconstruction. [8]


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