Depressor Septi Muscle Release

Q: Dr. Eppley, I would like to inquire about depressor septi release surgery for correcting a transverse crease above my upper lip just below my nose. I do not know of this is the right approach but ti seems like it might work.

A: The release/removal of the depressor septi nasii muscle is usually done to stop the top of the nose from pulling down while smiling. It may or may not have an effect on a transverse crease in the upper lip. The best way to find out if it does is to initially do Botox injections first and prove that the elimination of its action will make an improvement. If Botox is successful then you should consider depressor septi muscle release surgery

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana