Dimples form naturally when there is a small defect in the cheek musculature. The skin that overlies this defect gets wedged down to the underlying connective tissue. When you smile, this causes the dimple to form. With dimple creation surgery, we mimic this natural occurring process. A small incision is made to the inner lining of the cheek, and a small suture is passed through where the dimple is desired. Then this suture is tied, catching the under-surface of the skin, causing a dimple to form. In some cases, a small chuck of soft tissue may be removed to further enhance the dimple.
- Dimple creation surgery takes about 30 minutes to perform. You can expect to go home right after the procedure and continue with your routine the next day.
- Dimple creation is a safe and straightforward procedure, with minimal complications. However, it is also somewhat reversible, depending on some variables.
- A little swelling and bruising can be expected. It is also necessary to take antibiotics for some days after the procedure.
- It will take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months for surgically made dimples to look natural. At first, the dimple will be visible when you are not smiling. Eventually, they become more natural and appear only when you smile.
- Facial movements might at first be slightly hindered and impaired. It is advisable to restrict activities and sleep with your head elevated for the first couple of days.
- You can decide where and how deep you want your dimple to be. You can also decide if you want just one or two dimples.
Preparing for the procedure
- Avoid taking certain medications like aspirin or any other such NSAIDs, herbal supplements, etc.
- Get lab testing and get medical evaluation.
- Avoid smoking at least one/two week(s) before the procedure.
- Stock up on soft foods which will cause the least swelling while eating.
- Avoid drinking alcohol.
It is natural to be nervous and have anxiety before a procedure. It is advisable to talk to your friendly surgeon about any doubts you may have. Discuss likely outcomes of the surgery and the risks associated. Evaluate any pre-existing conditions and your general health status. Before you can tell, you will have the set of dimples you always dreamt of!