Can MIdface Implants Provide More Upper Lip Projection?

Q: Dr. Eppley,  I have heard that midfacial implants can be used to add more anterior projection to the maxilla. Do these midfaceimplants advance the upper lip? If so, how is this balanced in the lower lip? Can it be advanced as well?

A: While custom midface implants can add projection from the infraorbital rims down to the maxillary root tips, they will not change the position of the upper lip. The upper lip position’s is controlled by the position of the upper front teeth sitting behind it…which is technically controlled by the projection of the maxillary alveolar bone in which the front teeth from canine to canine reside.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana