Dimpleplasty Procedures are Growing in Popularity

Dimpleplasty Procedures

What do celebrities like Mario Lopez, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jennifer Garner have in common? If you guessed lots of money, you’re right – but you’re also right if you guessed dimples. These celebrities are often regarded as some of the most attractive people in Hollywood, and much of it has to do with their dimples. This is part of the reason why dimpleplasty surgery is growing in popularity by the day.

What’s a Dimpleplasty?

Dimpleplasty is a quick, in-office, minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a plastic surgeon creates the appearance of dimples by pinning back (or “anchoring”) tissue in the cheek area. In very rare cases, some individuals may request chin dimples to look more masculine or emulate a celebrity. A muscle inside the cheek, known as the buccinator, is naturally indented in individuals who have dimples. This means that the surgeon simply creates a defect in that muscle to surgically create dimples where they didn’t exist before. Sometimes, this may mean anchoring muscle tissue to the undersurface of the skin in such a way that the dimples are only visible when the patient smiles.

Who’s Doing It?

People in countries like the United States and Brazil are seeking dimpleplasty, and most are millennials ages 20 to 30. There are several reasons why people continue to seek this surgery, including:

  • Emulating their favorite celebrities;
  • Appearing “cute” and “adorable” – two terms regularly used to describe people with dimples;
  • Enhancing their sex appeal, as many men with dimples are considered sexy;
  • Attempting to look younger than they really are; and
  • Boosting their own self-esteem by adding facial features they weren’t born with.

Plastic surgeons claim that requests for dimpleplasty surgeries have tripled in the last couple of years due in part to the ease of the procedure, the affordability, and the lack of downtime afterward.

What’s it Like?

Most dimpleplasty surgeries take about 30 minutes in an experienced plastic surgeon’s office. The patient is provided with local anesthesia, and in many cases, he or she is given a sedative to promote a sense of calm and alleviate anxiety. The surgeon will then perform the procedure using only internal incisions, and while the patients will likely have some swelling afterward, the dimples are visible immediately with no noticeable stitches and no need for bandages. Patients may see dimpling even without animated facial expressions for about one to two months, and they will likely experience some mild to moderate soreness.

Home Care and Recovery

For the most part, individuals who undergo dimpleplasty can return to work and regular activity the following day, though there are some rare cases in which patients may need to take a few days away from work – especially if they work in extreme climates. Other than this, swelling and pain can be treated with a mix of over-the-counter and prescription pain medications or anti-inflammatory medications, when needed. Patients will likely need to return to their surgeons for follow-up visits a few days after the surgery and again once the healing is complete. The permanent result should be visible within eight weeks.

Dimpleplasty is more than just a way for people to look like their favorite celebrities; it’s also a great way to boost one’s self-esteem without spending a small fortune. Just remember that dimpleplasty may not last a lifetime; the effects of gravity, heredity, and even a changing body weight can all have an impact on the longevity of the dimples.


Do You Really Want Dimples? There’s a Procedure for That!


Cosmetic surgery was designed to help people create the faces they want to see when they look in the mirror. While surgeries like rhinoplasty are quite common and well-known, and procedures like Botox and filler injections continue to become more popular, newer procedures like dimpleplasty are still under the radar. Believe it or not, it’s possible to get the dimples you’ve always wanted with a simple in-office procedure.

What Are Dimples, Anyway?

Dimples are natural depressions in the skin. While they can certainly occur anywhere on the body, they’re most commonly found on the cheeks and are noticeable when someone smiles. Dimples are often described as “adorable” and “cute”, and for many, they’re a characteristic that truly defines beauty. Dimples are genetic features, which means they’re often passed down from one or both parents to their offspring. If you weren’t lucky enough to have the right genes, but you’re still interested in dimples, there’s a quick procedure that can make this happen – dimpleplasty.

Who Is a Candidate for Dimpleplasty?

Just about adult who is physically healthy can be a candidate for dimpleplasty. Before the surgery, you’ll consult with your plastic surgeon about the procedure. You’ll be asked why you want dimples, how you hope they’ll look, and in some cases, you may even be asked to show the surgeon some pictures of dimples you find especially attractive. The surgeon will take your medical history, ask a few questions to gauge whether you understand the permanency of the surgery, and then schedule your surgery date if you are a good candidate.

How Does the Surgery Work?

Dimpleplasty is a minimally-invasive surgery that takes place in an office chair rather than an operating room. The surgeon will first measure your face to discover where your dimples would occur naturally, then marks the area very carefully. Most patients are kept fully awake during the procedure, but are given a strong local anesthetic to numb the area, making the procedure painless. Some patients may also receive “twilight” sedation, which means they are kept awake, but are given certain medications to help relieve any anxiety they may experience during the procedure.

Once you have been anesthetized, the surgeon will make a very small incision on the inside of your mouth near a muscle called the buccinator muscle. This is the muscle that makes the indention when someone with natural dimples smiles. The goal is to pull this muscle back toward the inside lining of the mouth so that your face appears normal in its relaxed state, but dimples appear when you smile. The incision is then closed with dissolvable stitches, which means you won’t need to return for suture removal. However, you will need to schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to check your progress.

What Is Recovery Like?

Your surgeon will provide you with a detailed after-care plan, which consists of very careful cleansing until your wound has healed completely. You will likely need to rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash two or three times each day, and you may be prescribed antibiotics to take by mouth, as well. Pain relievers can be used to help with comfort, and anti-inflammatory medications or the application of ice will help with any swelling you encounter. Overall, this inflammation will last only a few days, and you may want to limit your use of the buccinator muscles for a day or two after the surgery. Most patients can resume their normal diets within a few days, and most can also return to work the day following the procedure, too.

Although dimpleplasty isn’t quite as popular as other plastic surgeries or even Botox injections, it’s something that many plastic surgeons are performing more often. It’s quick and easy, and in only about 30 minutes, it’s possible for you to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of – dimples and all.