Will Fat Grafting Fix My Deep Labiomental Fold?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I came across an article written by you about fat grafting to the chin for a deep labiomental fold. It is something I struggle with and was hoping to get more information about the procedure. Thank you.

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. You have a moderately deep labiomental fold for which fat grafting would be an appropriate choice to treat it. The debate is whether that is injectable fat grafting or the intraoral open placement of a dermal-fat graft. That question is best answered by how the fold responds to injectable fillers. If injectable fillers pushes it out nicely then fat injections would work. If it doesn’t push it out well due to tissue adherence then the release and open placement of a solid fat graft is best.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana