Dimple creation surgery, which is also referred to as a dimpleplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that creates dimples in the cheeks. Natural dimples are caused by a small defect in the cheek muscles, and the cosmetic surgeon can create this by making a small hole in the cheek wall. This is performed inside the mouth, so that there is no external scarring. The procedure is relatively quick, and is usually performed under a local anaesthetic.
Post a dimple creation surgery, the dimples may initially be visible at all times. After a few weeks, they should relax into a natural position so that the dimple is only visible when smiling, as with natural dimples.
The procedure has increased in popularity in recent years, with more people in search of an eye-catching smile. Dimple creation surgery is a relatively minor procedure, and with an experienced surgeon patients are unlikely to experience any complications. It is usually recommended for men and women who want dimples of for patients with a round face wanting more definition.
How a dimple creation surgery is performed?
The cosmetic surgeon will begin by injecting a local anaesthetic into the cheeks and allowing time for it to take effect. The position of the dimples will be marked and the patient can check that they are happy with them.
Once the cheeks are numb, the cosmetic surgeon will proceed. The mouth is opened, and the surgeon will usually use a biopsy punch tool to remove a small hole from the inside of the cheek wall. This tool removes a small amount of tissue, allowing the skin to drop into the weakened area. The surgeon will then apply a dissoluble suture to finish the dimple creation. A dimple creation surgery takes 30 to 60 minutes.
Post dimple creation surgery care
After the dimple creation surgery, patients will be allowed to go home. It is recommended to relax and avoid food or drinks that may affect the sore part of the cheek.
The cosmetic surgeon will often prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection, and patients will be recommended to use a mouth wash regularly and ensure good oral hygiene.
The surgeon will usually tell the patient not to smoke before and after the procedure, as it can delay the healing process.
After the procedure, there may be some swelling and bruising, but this should subside after a week or so.
What are the possible risks of dimple creation surgery?
- Dissatisfaction with the results
- The dimples may fade altogether, requiring repeat surgery