A dimple on your cheek is aesthetically very pleasing and a mark of your identity. Dimples are considered by the majority as a very attractive facial feature. Natural dimples usually occur on both sides of the face, and are generally present only when the face is animated (while smiling). A natural dimple is usually formed when there is a small defect in the cheek musculature. The skin overlying this small defect is stuck down to the underlying connective tissue when the muscle contracts with smiling; it splits apart and allows the overlying skin to indent.
There is a huge demand now for surgically created dimples both from women and men. It is possible to create a dimple by a minor plastic surgical procedure under local anaesthetic as a day case. The results of this cosmetic procedure are usually permanent. The location and size of the dimple is a personal choice and it is decided in your consultation with the doctor.
Dimple creation surgery is, in itself, a fairly simple one and is commonly done under local anaesthesia on an outpatient basis. You will be awake and comfortable during the entire procedure. Special arrangements can be made if you would rather be asleep for the dimple creation surgery. The dimple surgery takes about 45 minutes to perform and you can go home right away after the procedure. Usually normal activities can be resumed immediately after the procedure.
RISKS & LIMITATIONS
As in any operation, there are risks involved in the form of infection, bleeding, scarring, under/over correction, revisional surgery and weakness of the involved muscles although extremely rare. There are minimal complications with dimple formation aside from a little bit of swelling and bruising.
AFTER THE OPERATION
There is usually minimal swelling following the procedure, and the after care is just as simple and uncomplicated as the procedure. The after care usually involves regular mouth rinsing with antiseptic solution and a course of antibiotics.
You can go back to work the next day, but avoid strenuous activities like contact sports and exercise that can injure your face. The healing period is between 7 to 10 days. After a few weeks, you will notice that the operated area is already taking shape; the dimple is becoming more apparent while you smile (during active animation of facial muscles) and feels natural like you are born with it. Final results can be seen after a month.