Chin Ptosis Repair

Q: Dr. Eppley,  My doctor confirmed that i was experiencing chin ptosis as a result of poor attachment of the mentalist muscle. He said that there was no tightness in the scar from the intra-oral incision. The problem stems entirely from the suspension of the mentalis muscle.This doctor does not perform the corrective surgery i require and i am still interested in moving forward with yourself. 

However it would be great to know a little more about mentalis muscle resuspension and your experience with this particular surgery. 

1) Can mentalis muscle resuspension be performed with permanent results or does the muscle return to its original position eventually?

2) How many resuspension have you performed thus far?

3) Of the patients you have treated, how many patients have experienced sustained results?

I look forward to your answers.

A: The questions you are asking about chin ptosis repair are not about the sustained ability of the muscle resuspension…as that always stays where it is put. What you are really asking is how well does resuspendinjg the muscle work at fixing the chin ptosis and improving the lower lip position. While the two are related. it is not a 1:1 correlation. All successful mentalis muscle resuspensions do not always effective solve those two issues completely. Having done lots of them I can say that it is about a 50% improvements in the associated lip and chin issues with the procedure.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana