What is Dimpleplasty?
Dimpleplasty (or dimple surgery) is a minor surgical procedure carried out under local anaesthesia (LA) to create dimples on your cheeks.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
Anyone wanting to create dimples in their cheeks.
What happens during the procedure?
Dimple surgery is considered a minor surgical procedure, with the treatment usually taking around twenty minutes for both sides. It is performed under local anaesthetic.
The appropriate place is marked on your skin according to your choice. Local anaesthetic is then injected into the area. An incision is made inside your cheek and a dissolvable stitch is passed through your cheek skin and tied against the muscle inside your mouth to create the dimple. This stitch takes around 6‐12 weeks to dissolve but should leave a permanent dimple in the area due to scarring of the skin against the muscle. Further dissolving stitches are placed along the wound inside your mouth which will take around 5‐10 days to dissolve.
Your surgery will be carried out by specialist Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, Andrew Sidebottom.
What are the side effects or risks?
You will have minor swelling of the face and bruising which should fully disappear within two weeks. As the stitch dissolves, the dimple will become less pronounced and look more natural. Occasionally the dimple can disappear over time, but the procedure can be easily repeated.
What results can I typically expect?
The results of dimple surgery are usually permanent. Typically the new dimple will flatten within the first few days after surgery, then over the next few weeks you will notice the newly created dimple looks more natural. Bear in mind that your dimple/s will still appear even if your face is at rest. You can expect to see the finished result within three months. Results of dimple surgery vary and it is not possible to predict exactly the depth, size and shape of your dimples after the procedure.
Before your procedure
It is important that you stop smoking at least four weeks before your surgery and for four weeks afterwards.
The local anaesthetic will provide a degree of postoperative pain relief, but you will need to take regular painkillers (paracetamol, ibuprofen) for up to one week. The pain should start to reduce after a few days. You will usually not need any time off work.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I go home?
You will be sent home with the relevant medication to aid healing and prevent infection. Alongside this, please ensure you closely monitor your oral hygiene to further reduce the risk of any complications developing. Using mouthwash, particularly after eating, will help keep your wound clean.
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