Dimple Creation Surgery
Both men and women may be born with dimples in their cheeks or which appear when they smile. In effect a dimple forms as a result of a cheek muscle defect where the skin and connective tissue have fused, and high profile celebrities such as John Travolta are known to have them.
Dimples have appeal and certain people born without them may desire to achieve the look. Dimple creation surgery gives an individual dimples where none were previously present for a more animated, attractive expression.
What is Dimple Creation Surgery?
Dimple creation surgery is a cosmetic surgery treatment aimed at creating dimples for a person desiring to have them for enhanced appearance. Where genetics gives dimples to some and not to others, surgery can provide a solution to provide those without dimples the look they want.
Those having the operation soon return to normal activities the day after their surgery. Some swelling and bruising is expected but fades within a few days. It may take up to a week for the suture to dissolve and for facial expression to adapt. Some patients experience discomfort in their cheeks which soon passes. Normal eating should resume after the operation and painkillers can be provided.
There are risks in any surgery, even where minimally invasive, including bleeding and infection. Temporary bruising and swelling are expected side-effects of treatment but will fade within a few days. Patients may experience facial muscle weakness, but this is rare and should not persist. Any concerns should be discussed with the consultant.
Results of Dimple Creation Surgery
Dimple creation surgery gives natural looking dimples where they are desired. People choose to have dimple creation surgery to add character to their smiles and facial expression, while for some dimples are a sign of good luck.
Results are evident immediately and initially dimples may be there even when not smiling while the suture dissolves. Within a week or two facial expression adapts and permanent dimples are noticeable when smiling or during expressions. Dimple creation surgery can be reversed if this is required.
The Treatment Process
The individual desiring to have dimples initially meets with a dimple creation consultant to discuss their needs and for assessment. Part of the assessment involves discussing the patient’s suitability for treatment, such as medical history and why they want to have dimple creation surgery in the first place.
The consultant informs the person of all the risks, side-effects, costs and benefits associated with dimple creation surgery, to ensure that the individual fully understands what to expect from the operation. During a consultation the person is shown before and after images of what they are expected to look like with dimples. The dimple size, shape and positioning is personalised to suit individual preferences.
Once the person consents to treatment and if they wish to have dimples created, the date is set for surgery and pre-operative guidelines are provided. Preparation for surgery usually includes avoiding smoking, alcohol and blood-thinning medication.
On the day of the operation local anaesthetic is administered for pain-free treatment. Where it is preferred general anaesthetic or sedation can be provided. The surgeon may provide a course of antibiotics to take prior to and after surgery to prevent infection. The precise location of the dimple is identified and the surgeon will make an incision within the inner cheek, threading a dissolving suture through the inner cheek and skin under-layer to create a dimple.
No scarring occurs on the outer surface of the cheek because the surgical procedure is limited to the inner cheek skin layers. The scar tissue that forms in the inner cheek skin layer where the suture is weaved will create the dimple effect. Dimple creation surgery mimics natural dimple formation. Where dimples are created on the chin the procedures do vary because the incision is made on the outer skin surface.
Within 20 minutes dimple creation surgery is complete and patients can return home. The consultant will provide post-operative guidance for healthy healing.