20 doctors weighed in:
What can be done about a split lip?
20 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: Split lip
A split lip needs to be repaired by a doctor, particularly if it is deep enough to be into the muscle of the lip.
This is done with sutures that can be dissolvable in most cases. A surface abrasion will heal on its own and can be treated with antibiotic ointment.

In brief: Split lip
A split lip needs to be repaired by a doctor, particularly if it is deep enough to be into the muscle of the lip.
This is done with sutures that can be dissolvable in most cases. A surface abrasion will heal on its own and can be treated with antibiotic ointment.
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Surgery
A lip laceration should be repaired within a couple hours of the injury.
Usually, local anesthesia and repair in the office or emergency room is all that is required.

In brief: Surgery
A lip laceration should be repaired within a couple hours of the injury.
Usually, local anesthesia and repair in the office or emergency room is all that is required.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Mike Bowman
If you happen to be talking about a cleft lip, which is a congenital birth deformity, it can be treated with surgery, usually at a few months of age.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Compress w
Peroxide gauze till bleeding stops then ice.
Then keep lips well- lubricated w Bacitracin or neosporin lip repair or whatever (as long as there's no camphor, phenol, or menthol) & avoid yawning or wide mouth openning till healed. If deep, suturing w gut suture is a way to speed healing.

In brief: Compress w
Peroxide gauze till bleeding stops then ice.
Then keep lips well- lubricated w Bacitracin or neosporin lip repair or whatever (as long as there's no camphor, phenol, or menthol) & avoid yawning or wide mouth openning till healed. If deep, suturing w gut suture is a way to speed healing.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Michael Matthew
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Cleft or trauma
Depends on the cause and severity of the split but surgery is an option.

In brief: Cleft or trauma
Depends on the cause and severity of the split but surgery is an option.
Dr. Michael Matthew
Dr. Michael Matthew
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Need more info
If this is due to acute trauma see doctor, urgent care center or local er to repair. If due to more chronic cause like a piercing then may need to see plastic surgeon.

In brief: Need more info
If this is due to acute trauma see doctor, urgent care center or local er to repair. If due to more chronic cause like a piercing then may need to see plastic surgeon.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Repair and/or heal
A superficial splitlipsuxh as occurs with chapped lips will heal uneventfully with minimal healing, deeper woulda may heal with disfigurement and a visible scar across the "lipstick" vermillion border or misalignment if not surgically repaired.

In brief: Repair and/or heal
A superficial splitlipsuxh as occurs with chapped lips will heal uneventfully with minimal healing, deeper woulda may heal with disfigurement and a visible scar across the "lipstick" vermillion border or misalignment if not surgically repaired.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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