The world of cosmetic surgery is constantly evolving with new procedures and plastic surgery trends that come and go. The growing popularity of dimpleplasty is evidence of that. Dimples add character to the face, so it’s no surprise that many people want them. They can enhance your smile and slightly slim the look of a round face. People born without natural dimples can now get them through a minimally invasive and low-risk procedure. But are the dimples close to natural ones, and are the results permanent? Let’s find out.
What is Dimpleplasty?
Dimpleplasty or dimple surgery is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that helps create naturally-looking dimples on the cheeks or chin without scarring. Compared to other plastic surgery procedures, dimpleplasty is relatively straightforward and performed at the doctor’s office under local anaesthesia.
The surgery works best for those with a lot of volume in their cheeks and firm, elastic skin. Dimples can help reduce the appearance of older or loose skin in some people. Some people may even opt for chin dimple surgery, which involves creating a cleft chin.
How Does Dimpleplasty Work?
The procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes. The technique differs from surgeon to surgeon, but a small amount of tissue is generally removed in the dermis to create the dimple. Your plastic surgeon will make an incision inside your cheek.
Usually, no cuts are outside, so you don’t have to worry about scars or someone noticing that you’ve had surgery. After the incision, a small tissue from the cheek muscle is removed, and the remaining muscle is attached to the underside of your skin using a dissolvable suture.
The incision leaves a permanent indentation in the skin that will be your new dimple. As the suture dissolves, scar tissue forms that connect the muscle and the skin. This results in a natural-looking dimple that will be visible every time you smile. If you are undergoing chin dimple creation, the incision will be made inside your lower lip. Since the procedure is minimally invasive, you should expect to go home the same day.
You can expect some minimal swelling at the surgical site. Right after the procedure, the dimples will appear deep initially, but they should have taken a natural shape after a few months. Also, the dimples may appear all the time at first, but over time, they’ll only be visible when you smile.
It’s vital that you are aware of the possible side effects and risks of the procedure. They include asymmetrical scarring, infection, prolonged swelling and bruising.
What Can You Expect During Dimple Surgery Recovery?
Recovery from this kind of procedure is relatively straightforward. You won’t need to stay overnight at the hospital. You might experience mild swelling after the procedure, which you can relieve with some cold packs.
Most people are okay to return to work and other regular activities on the same day or two days following the surgery. Usually, there won’t be any visible signs that you had dimple surgery. Your plastic surgeon will likely see you after a few weeks to assess the results.
Are the Results of Dimple Surgery Permanent?
Dimpleplasty leads to permanent results in most cases. However, sometimes the results may fade or entirely disappear over time. There is also a risk of undesirable results. While it’s not common, you might require additional surgery involving either a revision or dimple reduction.
Revision surgery is necessary if the results fade away or the dimples are uneven. Dimple reduction surgery is performed if the dimples are too large or too deep. The surgery usually involves tightening the sutures to alter the size of the dimples.
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