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.
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.