A beautiful smile provides a more attractive look to someone’s facial beauty. In many cultures, the appearance of dimples on the cheeks is a sign of better luck and prosperity. Dimples are inherited genetically as a dominant trait and are present in both men and women that may appear unilaterally or bilaterally. On the other hand, the deeper facial muscles cause dimples through indentations in the skin layer, and some may get it through injury. Dimples are most noticeable on the cheeks or chin, and people who have a dimpled smile get more attention than non-dimpled ones. Advancements in cosmetic surgery have made it possible for anyone to get permanent dimples on their face by a simple surgical procedure. Hence, many people opt for dimple creation surgery to enhance their facial appearance.
In dimple surgery or dimpleplasty, dimples are created surgically. It is a safe, simple, and straightforward procedure that carries rare complications, if performed by an expert. In this surgery to create the dimple, a scar is created in the dermis, and a small amount of muscles are removed from the target side, and then absorbable sutures are used to create dimples. The mass of muscles removed and the depth of the sutures are adjusted precisely during the surgery to create more natural-appearing dimples or to get permanent tethering effect.
Ideal candidates for dimple creation surgery
Note: People who want to undergo dimple creation surgery are recommended to consult a surgeon to determine if they are an ideal applicant for this surgery.
Benefits of dimple creation surgery:
The procedure of dimple creation surgery
The target area is marked after proper skin analysis. Then the surgeon injects some local anesthesia inside the cheek to numb the site of the incision and to make the surgery comfortable. Then the surgeon creates a small depression into the cheek muscle by removing a tiny piece of tissue from the mouth. An absorbable suture is used to catch the underside of the cheek skin, and then it is sutured in the deeper soft tissues of the cheek. This does not cause any external scars as the outer area of the cheek is fully unaffected in this procedure, and the patient feels comfortable throughout this procedure. The patient gets naturally-looking dimples and permanent results from this surgery.
Procedure time: 20-30 minutes.
Every surgery is associated with some kind of risk. This surgery can cause minimal complications, as there is no external scarring. Some complications include:
After the surgery, the patient can resume with their normal activities, and they can eat and drink normally. The consumption of soft food is advised for a few days. During the initial two days after the surgery, some inflammation will be there in the cheeks, but this is minimal and gets corrected within a few weeks. When the swelling is gone, one can see lovely dimples and a more appealing facial appearance. The patient is also prescribed with pain medications and antibiotics for a few weeks.
Dimples appear when a person smiles. They are a type of little depressions in the skin that occur when the connective tissues that are present below the cheek pull down the skin when a person smiles (as the skin and muscles stretch). The dimples also occur due to a defect in the buccinator muscles.
During the consultation, the surgeon decides the location of the dimples, and also gives the patient an idea of 'How the smile would glorify with the addition of dimples.'
In most of the patients, the target site is as near a point on the cheek that is outlined as the intersection of an imaginary line that is created from the eyes' outer side and the level of the corner of the mouth. This is also modified according to the patient's preference. The surgeon also reviews the patient's medical and surgical history and the existing health condition. The surgeon also examines the tissue and skin of the cheek (both inside and outside) and studies the patient's unique facial anatomy. The patient is advised to stop consuming blood-thinning medications and herbal medication for a few weeks both before and after the surgery.