Natacha Quezada Gaón, Fernanda Binfa
INTRODUCTION: Increased distance between the base of the nose and lip’s vermilion is difficult to treat, and often there are restrictions for the use of botulinum toxin and cutaneous fillers.
OBJECTIVE: To describe a new technique for the treatment of the upper lip ptosis.
METHODS: A prospective pilot study was conducted with 15 female patients bearing increased distance between the base of the nose and the labial cutaneous-mucosal transition line. Five weekly sessions of intraoral non-ablative 2,940nm Er:YAG laser were performed. For the evaluation of outcomes, standardized records were performed with a 3D photographic camera, and comparative measurements of the philtrum’s height and the nasolabial angle were taken before and after the treatment.
RESULTS: There was a shortening ranging from 2 to 4 mm in the philtrum’s measurements, and a decrease in the nasolabial angle, in addition to increased firmness of the skin in the upper lip.
CONCLUSION: Intraoral non-ablative 2,940nm Er:YAG laser can be a therapeutic option for the treatment of upper lip ptosis.