Plastic Surgery Dimples

A Look at Plastic Surgery for Dimples

Have you ever considered having plastic surgery for dimples? Many of us who do not have natural dimples often feel as though people who do have dimples seem to have an outstanding smile. With plastic surgery for dimples, we no longer have to content ourselves with wishful thinking…or photoshopping pictures. Although the idea of surgery can sound pretty scary to most of us, it is actually a fairly simple procedure and is not so expensive that the average Joe cannot afford it.

Who Makes a Good Candidate

Before you jump at the idea of plastic surgery for dimples, it is important that you ask yourself if you really are a good candidate for this procedure. Dimple surgery is a permanent procedure and therefore the decision to go through with it should not be taken lightly. Many surgeons will ask you why you want the procedure and may even ask whether you have a history of self-esteem issues. The reason for this is that the surgeon wants to make sure that you are not making this decision for the wrong reasons. A good candidate for any type of plastic surgery is one who is both mentally and physically healthy.

The Procedure

This procedure is usually an outpatient procedure, which means that you are in and out of the doctor’s office in the same day. There are very few complications with this procedure as it solely involves the cheek area. The surgeon will start by applying a local anesthetic to the area. This means that you will be awake during the procedure but you won’t feel anything while it is happening. After the anesthetic has taken effect, the surgeon will use a punch biopsy tool against the inner portion of the cheek where the dimple is desired. They use careful rounded motions with the tool to work through the various tissues and muscles within the cheek. The surgeon will stop just short of the skin so that it is left completely intact. When the tool is removed, it brings along with it the “core” of the tissues. This “defect”, as it is referred to in the medical world, is then stitched with dissolvable sutures which bind the muscle to the dermis layer of the skin. This attachment of the muscle to the skin is what allows the skin to dimple in when the muscles contract in a smile.

Immediately after the surgery, the skin will dimple without smiling. It will take a couple of weeks for the stitches to dissolve and the skin to relax and smooth out. The size of the resulting dimple depends on how large the punch biopsy tool is. The surgeon will discuss your desired dimple size before the procedure.

Recovery Time

Recovery time for dimple surgery is pretty mild compared to most other types of plastic surgery. The area may be a little sore for a few days, particularly when speaking or smiling, but this can be relieved by taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Aleve (naproxen) or Motrin (ibuprofen). You may also be instructed to regularly rinse your mouth out to prevent the wound from becoming infected. Bruising and slight discoloration may occur directly after the surgery however this typically goes away after a week or two. Your surgeon will instruct you of the signs of correct healing as well as signs that the area is not healing correctly.