Dimpleplasty – Creating Dimples

In some cultures dimples are considered a sign of good luck and prosperity. Also, dimples help brighten a smile and add character. Your sibling or close friend may have dimples and you may also want to have them.

A natural dimple is usually formed when there is a small defect in the buccinator muscle of the cheek. The skin overlying this small defect is stuck down to the underlying connective tissue and creates a dimple in the skin with smiling. Dimple creation surgery can replicate this naturally occurring process. It is possible to surgically create permanent dimples. Dimple creation surgery can be done on any type or sized cheek. You can decide where the dimples will be, or you can have Dr. Sanghvi advise you where the most optimal place for the dimples should be on your face.

What is the actual procedure?

Dimpleplasty, the procedure of creating a dimple is simple and straight forward. The first step is to mark the exact location of the desired dimples on the outside of the cheek. A very small amount of local anesthetic is placed on the inside of both cheeks, and then a tiny incision is made on each side. A small amount of muscle (approximately 3 to 4 mm) is removed in the location that it would be absent in a natural dimple. Next, one or two absorbable sutures (which dissolve in 1-2 weeks) are used to create the new dimple. The amount of muscle removed and the depth of the sutures need to be adjusted very precisely to create the most natural appearing dimples. The entire procedure takes 20-30 minutes to complete. In the beginning 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.

How long does dimple creation surgery take?

It takes about 20 minutes to perform dimple creation surgery. The dimple procedure is done in the office under local anesthesia. It can be done on the same day of your initial consultation, especially if you are coming in from out of town.

What can I expect after the dimple creation procedure?

Dimple creation surgery is safe and effective, and also potentially reversible. There are minimal complications with dimple formation aside from a little bit of swelling and bruising. You should be able to resume your normal activities the following day. You will need to take antibiotics for only a couple of days after the dimple creation surgery. Although the cheek is the usual place that patients might request a dimple, the chin is also a favourite site. It is possible to make chin dimples as well without any incisions on the outside skin.

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Will my new dimple look natural?

Yes. Your new dimple will look like a natural dimple and not like a mark on your face.

Is dimple creation surgery permanent?

Yes. Your new dimple will look like a natural dimple and not like a mark on your face.

How long does it take the dimple to look natural?

There is usually a period of time after the dimple creation surgery is done where the dimple is present even when you are not smiling. This period could last anywhere from several days to several weeks and sometimes a couple of months. As you heal, the dimple will slowly flatten out when you are not smiling and will only be present when you are smiling. There are many techniques to perform dimple creation surgery