Lip Reconstruction Procedures Workup

Updated: Jan 29, 2021
  • Author: Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Deepak Narayan, MD, FRCS  more...
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Laboratory Studies

Beyond standard anesthetic screening, no other laboratory studies are key to reconstruction. The only other relevant laboratories studies would be related to the underlying condition producing the lip loss defect or associated patient conditions.


Imaging Studies

Imaging studies are rarely of use in lip reconstruction, as the surface and neuromuscular anatomy is directly accessible for evaluation. An arteriogram of the facial artery branches to the lips may be helpful in circumstances where trauma or resection has altered the vascular anatomy. This may also be useful in imaging vascular malformations involving the lips.


Histologic Findings

The relevant histologic findings address the oncologic issues of tumor resections and confirmation of margins. These are discussed in Medscape Reference articles Head and Neck Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Cancers of the Oral Mucosa.