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.