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Hi, I was just wondering why one side of my lip sometimes droops

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Hi, I was just wondering why one side of my lip sometimes droops a tiny bit and I've also just noticed that the other side at the top turns in.. I don't know what's up with me, could it be facial paralysis or mouth cancer? I'm only 22 but have had a tiny drooped lip since I came out of intensive care 7 months ago. Thankyou
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

marked facial one side facial droop is called bell's palsy

Dr. David :

and this is usually from a viral infection of the facial nerve.

Dr. David :

but it is normal to have a small bit of facial asymmetry in the mouth and lips.

Dr. David :

we are not all 100% symmetric in the face.

Dr. David :

it is not mouth cancer.

Dr. David :

I am a cancer specialist.

Dr. David :

can you send a photo of your face and mouth?

Customer:

I don't know how to

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

thank you for the photo

Dr. David :

I see no facial droop

Dr. David :

no problems here

Dr. David :

no cancer

Customer:

Left side turns in, I don't know why

Dr. David :

that could just be normal for your face.

Customer:

Its of my lip on the right side

Dr. David :

it is all normal to have this.

Customer:

To have a drooped lip & have the other corner turn in? I've never had it in 22 years

Dr. David :

yes, it is normal to have this.

Dr. David :

you can show this to your doctors as well

Dr. David :

but I bet they will say it is normal as well.

Customer:

How's it normal for one side to start turning in

Dr. David :

your right lower lip is turning inwards?

Customer:

Top I think it is

Dr. David :

you mean your left upper lip or the right side of the photo?

Dr. David :

or your right upper lip?

Dr. David :

I see your upper left upper lip vermillion boarder is turned inwards a bit.

Customer:

Yes that's it

Dr. David :

that could be due to weight gain possibly

Dr. David :

or swelling of the soft tissues of the upper lip.

Dr. David :

you can get a dentist or oral surgeon evaluate the area.

Customer:

Its the upper lip which turns in

Dr. David :

sometimes oral inflammation like angular chelitis can cause this possibly

Dr. David :

or oral herpes cold sores could due this possibly.

Customer:

I've never had them

Dr. David :

I see.

Dr. David :

you never have had angular chelitis.

Dr. David :

?

Dr. David :

angular cheilitis

Customer:

No

Dr. David :

I would see a dentist or oral surgeon about it

Dr. David :

but I bet they will say it can be normal changes of your lips over time.

Dr. David :

your long ICU

Dr. David :

if you were intubated for a long period of time could have caused this as well.

Customer:

What can they do?

Dr. David :

were you intubated?

Dr. David :

you could have plastic surgery possibly to correct it if it you don't like the look.

Customer:

On a ventilator

Dr. David :

yes, a ventilator and tube in your mouth and throat could have caused soft tissue inflammation which could have caused the lip changes.

Customer:

I've got to go the doctors back home next week but they'll probably say the same

Dr. David :

yes. I agree

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best of luck to you

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let me know if you have other questions.

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Customer:

So what would you recommend

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I would recommend you see a oral surgeon or plastic surgeon

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and see what they have to see

Dr. David :

and say

Customer:

Thankyou

Dr. David :

and see if you want to do plastic surgery to repair the area.

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you are welcome

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