Will a Vertical Lengthening Chin Implant Make My Nasolabial Fold Less Deep?

Q: Dr. Eppley, In regards to a vertical lengthening chin implant. I’ve read a lot of conflicting things in regards to the labiomental fold., I have a deep one. I don’t mind that it deep and I am not looking to correct it. I just want to know if I could still have this type of implant while maintaining a natural look and not making the fold worse. I am reaching out to you guys because I’ve done a lot of research and know that you designed this implant. I need vertical length and am not interested in a more invasive surgery.

A: The best way to avoid making the labiomental fold deeper and look natural is to do a vertical lengthening bony genioplasty. Otherwise a custom chin implant would need to be designed to achieve a similar effect.

Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana