Anatomic considerations of the lips

Thomas Schlieve, Antonia Kolokythas

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The lips are a prominent facial feature and play an important role in communication, both verbal and nonverbal, mastication, deglutition, and providing an oral seal. The American Joint Committee on Cancer defines the lip as the junction of the vermillion border with the skin and includes only the vermillion surface or that portion of the lip that comes into contact with the opposing lip. It is well defined into an upper and lower lip joined at the commissure of the mouth. A thorough understanding of lip anatomy allows the surgeon to confidently perform lip reconstruction following tumor resection, understand the basis for selected neck dissections in lip cancer, and provide a high level of patient care. The anatomy of the lip can be broken down into the surface anatomy, microanatomy, and lymphatic anatomy. The aim of this chapter is to provide a comprehensive review of the anatomy of the lip.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLip Cancer
Subtitle of host publicationTreatment and Reconstruction
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783642381805
ISBN (Print)9783642381799
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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