What is dimpleplasty?

Dimple creation surgery, also known as dimpleplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure to create dimples on a person’s cheeks. It can be carried out to create cheek dimples for individuals who simply do not have them, or to correct asymmetrical dimples.

What are dimples?

A cheek dimple is an indentation in the skin, caused by a specific muscle in the cheek, called the buccinator muscle. In general, dimples are hereditary. While dimples are commonly regarded as an attractive trait, they are technically facial defects.

Dimples have been said to give someone a youthful or vibrant look, especially when the person smiles. As a person ages, they may lose the appearance of a pronounced dimple as their facial muscles change and lose certain qualities.

There are three distinctly different types of dimples:

  • Cheek dimples

Cheek dimples are highly desired as dimples can add some degree of angularity to the face. This gives the illusion that the person has lost weight. Based off genetics, some people also might have a cheek dimple on one side of their face and not the other.

  • Chin dimples

Chin dimples are also known as a “cleft chin”. This sort of dimple is far less common amongst patients of Asian descent. Chin dimples are caused due to the connection between the muscles on the chin and the underlying jaw structure. They can be said to give a masculine look and can be desirable to some.

  • Back dimples

This is the rarest of dimples and is the least visible. More commonly seen in women than in men, these dimples are found on the lower part of the back.

What is the process of getting a dimpleplasty like?

The area in which the dimple is to be created is first marked so that the patient is fully aware of where the dimple is to be created.

Local anesthesia is administered by injection. This takes around 5 minutes for the local anesthesia to fully take effect.

Then, an incision is made on the inside of the mouth. The doctor will then work on the buccinator muscle in order to create a dimple. A small amount of muscle and fat may be removed during this process. A stitch will be placed in the deep layer of the skin at the desired site of the new dimple and then tied to the underlying buccinator muscle. The affected area will be around 2-3 millimeters in length. This surgery takes around 30 minutes, per dimple.

After the doctor is done, the wound will be sewn up with dissolvable sutures.

As this surgery is done under local anesthesia, you should not feel any pain during this procedure.

FAQs

Will my dimples be of a specific shape, size and dimensions?

The final results will vary between each patient. As this is not an exact science, our doctors will determine and discuss with you exactly what kind of dimples will suit your facial structure the best. For example, women may prefer more shallow dimples than men.

Can a dimple be removed?

Yes, dimples can be removed. The surgical procedure for dimple removal is very similar to a dimpleplasty. Both artificial as well as natural dimples can be removed. The method to do this is to release the skin of the cheek from the underlying muscle of the dimpled area.

Is the procedure painful?

The procedure will be performed under local so there will be minimal pain and discomfort.

Is there any downtime?

There is barely any downtime and you should be able to resume activities quickly with some rest. Also, there will no visible external scarring as the surgery is done from inside the mouth.

Complications that arise from dimpleplasties are considered to be rare. However, the risks may be serious when they do occur. Some possible complications include:

  • Bleeding
  • Nerve damage in the face
  • Redness & Swelling
  • Scarring
  • Chance of infection

It is recommended for patients who experience persistent bleeding around the incision areas post-procedure to come back and visit their doctor immediately, as this may be signs of an infection. In the case of an infection, early treatment is the best way to prevent the infection from continuing to spread to the blood stream.

Are dimpleplasties permanent?

The effects of a dimpleplasty surgery are permanent. After a successful surgery, there is no need to undergo any future surgeries to maintain your dimples. The results of a dimpleplasty can be reversed by releasing the tethering between skin and muscle, but it is generally not advisable to try and get them reversed.

What should I take note of after the procedure?

Aftercare is very important in an oral surgery such as dimpleplasty. There is a definite risk of infection as the mouth is a source of bacteria. Your doctor will generally prescribe an antiseptic mouthwash a few times a day in order to keep the mouth as germ free as possible.

A course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories are generally prescribed for dimpleplasties and should be completed as per doctor’s orders.

Aftercare is very important in an oral surgery such as dimpleplasty. There is a definite risk of infection as the mouth is a source of bacteria. Your doctor will generally prescribe an antiseptic mouthwash a few times a day in order to keep the mouth as germ free as possible.

A course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories are generally prescribed for dimpleplasties and should be completed as per doctor’s orders.

What should I take note of after the procedure?

Aftercare is very important in an oral surgery such as dimpleplasty. There is a definite risk of infection as the mouth is a source of bacteria. Your doctor will generally prescribe an antiseptic mouthwash a few times a day in order to keep the mouth as germ free as possible.

A course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories are generally prescribed for dimpleplasties and should be completed as per doctor’s orders.

Can I deepen existing dimples with dimpleplasty?

Yes, you can. If you desire deeper dimples, our surgeons will choose deeper tissue to stitch the skin to. This process can be applied to both artificial as well as natural dimples.

At Clifford Clinic, our doctors are highly experienced in aesthetic procedures. Visit us for a consultation and they will assess your situation, before recommending the most suitable course of treatment catered for you.