For some people, dimples are a coveted facial feature that adds character and uniqueness to the smile. If you were not born with dimples, but envy celebrities, friends or family members who have them, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Ahmed Abdullah offers a procedure called dimpleplasty to create this indentation. The surgery can be performed in his office quickly and conveniently, with short downtime.
More about Dimples
Dimples are small indentations that usually appear on the face in the cheek or chin area. A common genetic trait, dimples are widely considered attractive. Some cultures also perceive dimples to be a sign of veracity, good fortune and fertility.
Dimples are typically visible only when someone smiles or takes on an animated expression. This is because dimples are usually caused by a shortened muscle. When someone with shortened facial muscles smiles, the muscles pull at the skin, revealing the dimple. Over time, the facial muscles may stretch, resulting in the loss of the dimple. This is why children’s dimples typically fade as they age. Because of this, dimples are also commonly associated with a youthful facial appearance.
The Dimpleplasty Procedure
If you weren’t born with dimples, or they have faded as you’ve aged, Dr. Abdullah can create dimples in your cheeks through dimpleplasty, a quick outpatient surgery. The goal of the procedure is to adhere the skin to the cheek muscle, so when the muscle contracts during smiling, the overlying skin indents. After the cheek heals, scar tissue permanently connects the skin and underlying muscle to create an indentation when the muscle moves. Dr. Abdullah will anesthetize the area and make a tiny incision in the cheek to create a small depression. He will use a stitch to attach the underside of the cheek skin below the dimple to the deeper layer of the skin, and hold it in place with a long-lasting suture.
The placement of the dimple is crucial to a good result. Typically, cheek dimples are located at the interaction of two lines: a horizontal line extending from the mouth, and a vertical line extending out from the outer corner of the eye. If you have a different preference for the placement of your dimples, Dr. Abdullah will attempt to accommodate your request.
The entire procedure usually lasts about 30 minutes.
At first, your dimples will be visible even if you aren’t smiling. Over time, however, your dimples will become less obvious while your face is at rest, appearing only when you smile.
Recovering from Dimpleplasty
Dimpleplasty patients typically recover very quickly from the procedure. For the first few days, you may have mild swelling and bruising, which can be concealed with makeup. If you experience any discomfort or soreness, taking over-the-counter pain relief will help. You may return to work the day after your dimpleplasty, but you are encouraged to avoid intense exercise for several days.