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The philtrum length and shape determine the impression a person gives off. Philtrum correction refers to a surgical procedure which repairs the philtrum and reconstructs it into an ideal ratio. Philtrum correction can also be performed for the reconstruction of a congenital cleft palate or an acquired injury. For optimal results from the procedure, it is critical to consult with experienced professionals.

philtrum correction/ cleft lip

Types of Philtrums Eligible for Surgery

The length, shape and depth of the philtrum can have an effect on your image. A long, big philtrum will make your face appear big, while too short of a philtrum makes a stifling impression. Plastic surgery for the lips in combination with philtrum correction can produce a harmonious effect.

  1. with a long philtrum, the teeth are concealed when smiling With a long philtrum, the teeth are concealed when smiling.
  2. with a short philtrum, gums are exposed giving the look of protruding mouth With a short philtrum, the gums are exposed, giving the look of a protruding mouth.
  3. defined Philtrum makes too strong impression A defined Philtrum makes too strong of an impression.
  4. cleft lip cleft palate is a congenital malformation of the face with split gum and lip Cleft lip/Cleft palate is a congenital malformation of the face with a split gum and lip. It is important to minimize scars left on the philtrum from suturing.

Types of Philtrum Correction

Philtrum length that is half the length of chin is regarded as the most ideal.

  1. 1.Philtrum shortening
    Shortens the philtrum through an incision made inside of the nose to avoid any visible scars.
  2. 2.Philtrum lengthening
    If the length of the exposed gum is longer than 3mm when smiling, it is regarded as a short philtrum.

    philtrum lengthening

  3. 3. There are three typical types of philtrum in Asians. If the shape of the philtrum is not in balance with the entire face, an ideal shape can be achieved through philtrum correction. If the ridge of the philtrum is flat, philtrum ridge reconstruction can raise it to create a three- dimensional effect. If the depth of the philtrum is too shallow, giving the image of protruding gums, philtrum concave reconstruction can create a natural curve of the philtrum.
    1. Trapezoid shape philtrum Trapezoid shape
    2. triangle shape philtrum Triangle shape
    3. parallel line shape philtrum Parallel lines shape
    4. Treated area of philtrum concave reconstruction Treated area of philtrum concave reconstruction
  4. 4.Alleviating scars from surgery for Cleft Lip / Cleft Palate
    A cleft lip/cleft palate requires comprehensive surgical procedures on the nose, gums, teeth, philtrum and lips. It is common for signs of treatment to be left after surgeries for cleft lip/cleft palate have been performed. In these cases, a scar alleviating procedure will help to make it appear as natural as possible. JK has been putting a lot of effort into the research of scar treatments, which has been proven effective by the ‘New Face New Dream’ Campaign. Scars cannot be removed from just one treatment but require consistent long-term management.

Postoperative management

  1. 1.Recovery after surgery
    Recovery usually requires ambulatory care without hospitalization. The recovery period can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the type of surgery received. Try to avoid washing your face after surgery. Avoid putting pressure on the treated area for 2-3 months. If you experience an overproduction of sebum, it is best to take medication to regulate the sebum production rather than forcefully wiping it off.
  2. 2.Recovery process
    Avoid pulling down on the upper lip. Avoid saunas, staying in high temperature areas, and vigorous exercise. We recommend no smoking/drinking for at least 4 weeks as it may interfere with the healing process. The degree of swelling and infection is different for everyone. If you are concerned with your degree of swelling, please visit the hospital and consult with a professional.