What is dimpleplasty?

Dimple creation surgery, also known as dimpleplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure to create dimples on a person’s cheeks. It can be carried out to create cheek dimples for individuals who simply do not have them, or to correct asymmetrical dimples.

What are dimples?

Dimples are simply depressions in a person’s skin. When used in the colloquial sense, it usually refers to cheek dimples which become visible when a person smiles. Dimples occur only in about 20% of the people in the world, and are usually caused by a person’s zygomaticus major muscle (the muscle which helps you smile) being divided into 2 bundles, which create the signature gap/depression when smiling. Even though dimples are technically a facial deformity, many consider them to be aesthetically pleasing.

Surgery Procedure

In dimpleplasty, the plastic surgeon will make a small incision on the inside of the cheek in the mouth. Through this incision, the surface tissue of the cheek is stitched to the deeper cheek tissues using an absorbable suture, which creates the dimple. The incision is then closed up to complete the procedure. The suture will dissolve over time and be replaced with scar tissue which similarly tethers the surface skin to the deeper tissues, creating the desired depression on the cheeks.

Risks and possible complications

Dimpleplasty is a simple procedure which is relatively risk free. Nevertheless, some complications may occur in rare cases especially when poor technique is used. Such complications may include:

  • Infection and inflammation
  • Facial nerve and muscle damage
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Asymmetric dimples

Most of these complications can be avoided. Be sure to consult a reputable, skilled and experienced surgeon for your dimpleplasty.

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FAQ

Is the procedure painful?

Local anaesthesia will be administered so there will be minimal pain and discomfort

How long is the procedure?

Dimple creation surgery usually takes about 30 minutes. You may be required to remain at the clinic for a while more post-surgery for monitoring.

Is there any downtime?

You are expected to rest at home for 1 or 2 days after the surgery. After which, most patients are able to resume regular daily activities without problem.
For several days or weeks post-surgery, depending on the individual’s healing process, the dimples will be always visible on the face even without smiling. This will cease after the sutures dissolve, and dimples become only visible when smiling.

Soreness and some swelling are to be expected for several days. The doctor can prescribe painkillers to help ease this discomfort.

When can I see results?

The results are immediately visible post-surgery, with the most natural results showing in several days or weeks after the sutures dissolve.

Are the results permanent?

Most dimpleplasty procedures produces permanent results. However as everyone heals differently post-surgery, some neo-dimples can fade over time if the scar tissue to tether the cheek skin does not form ideally. Please refer back to your surgeon in this case for further advice.

What should I take note of before the procedure?

If you smoke or consume any tobacco products, please cease to do so at least 6 weeks before the procedure.
Please inform your doctor/surgeon of any medication/supplements you are currently on during the consultation session. You may be asked to stop certain medication/supplements like blood thinners to reduce the risks of complications.
You are advised to schedule any dental appointments well away from the surgery date if possible. Otherwise, it is recommended to reschedule your dimpleplasty surgery.

What should I take note of after the procedure?

Avoid eating sweet/sugary, spicy, deep fried or other irritating foods for several days after the surgery as these may interfere with the healing process. Stick to soft, easy to chew foods like porridge and soup as much as possible.
The doctor will usually prescribe an antiseptic mouthwash. Gargle with it regularly to reduce the risks of infection and inflammation.

Am I suitable for dimple creation surgery?
Anyone with in good general health is suitable for dimple creation surgery. However, do inform the surgeon if you fall into any of these categories as you might not be suitable for the procedure:
  • Have oral ulcers or cold sores, or are prone to having them
  • Have had recent dental problems, or are wearing braces
  • Have medical history in any other oral, dental or ENT related issues.