Dimple Creation Surgery (Dimpleplasty)

Dimples are a desired facial feature present in some individuals naturally. A natural dimple is usually formed when there is a small defect in the cheek musculature (most often the buccinator muscle).  The skin overlying this small defect is stuck down to the underlying connective tissue and creates a dimple in the skin with facial animation (smiling). Dimple creation surgery can simulate this naturally occurring process.

Here’s a patient review of the procedure

Who is a good candidate?

Dimple creation surgery can be done on any type or size cheek, although some cheeks are probably better candidates than others. You can decide where the dimples will be. It is done under local anesthesia and takes 30 minutes.

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Marking the location of a new dimple

What does the dimple creation surgery involve?

  • The procedure is done under local anesthesia.
  • To create a dimple, a small painless incision is made in the inside of your cheek. There is no incision or scar on the outside skin.
  • A small absorbable suture is passed through the inside of the cheek and catches the under-surface of the skin where the dimple is desired. When this suture is tied it causes a dimpling in the overlying skin.
  • At first, there is a dimple present even without smiling, but after several days, or sometimes a few weeks, the dimple is only present while smiling or moving the face. The scarring between the inner skin and muscle will cause a permanent dimple even after the suture is absorbed.
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Diagram of Dimple Creation surgery

What is the recover like after dimple creation?

  • You will most likely have some swelling in the cheek after the dimple creation surgery. This is usually minimal. Depending on what you do for a living, you might not need to miss any work at all after your dimple creation surgery is done. The swelling usually subsides in a few days.
  • You are free to eat and drink whatever you like after the dimple creation procedure. You will have some pain and discomfort in the cheek after dimple surgery, but it should be minimal and should not interfere with your ability to chew and eat normally.

To learn more, please give us a call or send an email to draniketh@venkatcenter.com.

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