Perioral Mound Liposuction

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am attaching some facial photos for assessment for perioral mound liposuction The area I am concerned with is particularly visible in a 3/4 facial profile, but it also shows up in straight-on shots as weird shadowing around and below the corners of my mouth. Ideally, I would like this area to flatten, so that I can have a straighter profile. However, I am worried that fat removal in this area could cause laxness or drooping of the skin. I would like to avoid jowling! 

I also have dimples in my cheeks when I smile — not sure if this makes any kind of difference, but I thought I would let you know. Thank you!

A: Thank you for sending your pictures. Your area of concern would be considered the perioral mound region and yours is a classic case of it. It is really only treatable by very small cannula liposuction through a small incision inside the corner of the mouth. I have not seen loose and lax skin develop afterwards as almost every perioral mound liposuction procedure I have done is in younger patients.

Having cheek dimples does not affect the results of perioral mound liposuction either positively or negatively.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana