On younger people, dimples are usually seen as signs of innocence and youth—think, Shirley Temple and other famous child stars. For adults, a set of dimples can enhance a beautiful smile and make someone look alluring and vibrant. Dimples can also make someone’s face look more angular, or even turn chipmunk cheeks into slimmer, more contoured features.
Because dimples add a sense of character and youth, more and more people are seeking ways to add dimples to their look.
Luckily, premier practices like H/K/B offer dimple surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that creates natural-looking dimples.
Because it’s minimally invasive, patients can enjoy the results of their dimple surgery without the long recovery or wait times of major procedures. After dimple surgery’s simple procedure that lasts only about a half hour, patients can have dimples that complement and enhance their smile.
What Are Dimples, Exactly?
Dimples are the small indentations that appear on the cheeks whenever a person smiles. We’re still not exactly sure why dimples exist, but we know there’s a genetic component to their development. In terms of anatomy, dimples are caused by a defect in certain facial muscles. It’s thought that dimples form because some muscles in the cheeks are shorter than usual, and when they contract they pull on the connective tissue and skin above it, forming an indentation. Another possible reason is that a facial muscle known as the Zygomaticus major develops in a way that’s divided, leading to the formation of dimples whenever you smile.
Candidate for Dimple Surgery
Patients of all skin types can be candidates for dimple surgery. Typically, our patients for dimple surgery want to contour round faces or want to create a more youthful smile. To make sure you’re the perfect candidate for dimple surgery, the surgeons of H/K/B will thoroughly discuss your medical history and aesthetic goals with you during your consultation. Patients who have no major health issues, have no infections on the cheeks, and have realistic expectations are great candidates for dimple surgery.
The Procedure for Dimple Surgery
Dimple surgery takes less than a half an hour to complete and it can be performed using only local anesthesia—so unlike major surgeries, you don’t have to worry about a long, uncomfortable recovery. Your surgeon will also help you decide on where your dimple will be placed and how deep it’ll be; before your dimple surgery they’ll mark the position so you can see it for yourself.
During the dimple surgery, your surgeon will make a small incision on the inside of the mouth, so no visible incisions will be made. Your surgeon will then manipulate a muscle inside the cheek and attach a suture directly underneath the skin where you want your dimples to appear. After that, you’ll be able to go home.
Recovery from Dimple Surgery
Your surgeon will use dissolvable stitches so there’s no need to get them removed after your dimple surgery. Patients will experience some mild swelling and bruising around the incisions, and some patients experience some weakness in the cheek muscle that might last for a couple of days, but these side effects are temporary. Because of the swelling, you might need to take a few days off from work while the side effects dissipate.
You might be provided with mouthwash to keep the dimple surgery’s incision as clean as possible. If needed, antibiotics can be prescribed. While dimple surgery usually doesn’t create an uncomfortable recovery, your surgeon can prescribe pain medication for you.
Since it’s so minimally invasive, you will be able to eat and drink what you want after dimple surgery.
Results from Dimple Surgery
Your results from dimple surgery should look natural and perfectly balanced with the rest of your facial features. Your surgeon will discuss with you what variables, like the thickness of your cheeks, the presence of fat pads, the location of your facial muscles, and your bone structure, can affect how deep your dimples are.
You should be able to see your dimples immediately after your dimple surgery. These dimples might be present even if you’re not smiling, but after a few days or weeks they will gradually settle into natural-looking dimples that only appear when you smile. What happens is that as you heal, scar tissue from the dimple surgery the muscle forms, connecting the muscle to skin. Once it’s completely healed, the dimple will appear whenever the muscle contracts. After you’ve recovered from your dimple surgery, you’ll be able to enjoy permanent results