Will A Submental Chin Reduction Weaken The Mentalis Muscle?

Q: Dr. Eppley, for my hyperdynamic chin ptosis, if it is treated by a submental technique where the excessive soft tissue chin pad is reduced/tucked. Will this cause my chin to have dimples, or orange like texture to my chin? Or make my mentalis muscle weak and worsen?

A:Good questions and the answer would be no on both of them. Since the surgery tucks from underneath there are contour alterations in the soft tissue chin pad. Most of the excised submental tissue is skin and fat and not muscle so no mentalis muscle dysfunction will occur.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana