Facial Plastic Surgery
Dimples on cheeks are considered ‘cute’ by many. The demand for surgically created dimples is increasing. This is a safe and effective surgery and is done under local anesthesia as a day care procedure. The results of it are permanent. It is equally effective in both men and women. Under local anesthesia, a small depression is created in the muscle of cheek region. This is done through the inside of the mouth without leaving any external scars. A natural dimple is usually formed when there is a small defect in the cheek musculature. After healing the skin overlying this small defect gets stuck down to the underlying connective tissue and creates a dimple in the skin with facial animation (smiling).
Who is a good candidate for dimple creation surgery?
Every individual except those with following risk factors are suitable candidates for this surgery.
- Bleeding disorders
- Patients with underlying severe medical problems
How major is this operation?
Surgery is done on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia. The average operative time is 45 minutes. You will be awake and comfortable during the entire dimple surgery procedure. Special arrangements can be made if you feel to be asleep during the procedure.
Do I need to get admitted?
Admission is only for the procedure and patient can walk out of clinic/ hospital within an hour of surgery.
How is the position of dimple decided?
You can decide where the dimples will be, or you can have our surgeon decide with you about where the most optimal place for the dimples should be on your face.
Does it hurt a lot after surgery?
Once the anaesthesia effect wears off one may feel slight discomfort. Severe pain is unlikely after the surgery. Patients will be prescribed pain medications to be taken as per their requirement (as every individual has different pain threshold).
What are the risks?
Like any other surgery there are minor risks like infection and minor bleeding. These incidences are very uncommon though
How much downtime do I need to get back to my routine?
Following surgery except mild discomfort and swelling there is no compelling thing needing rest. We rather would like you to be up and about (go back to your routine) that will help in reduction of swelling.
How many times I need to come to hospital following the surgery?
The sutures are inside the mouth and they are absorbable. There is no need to visit the clinic following the operation. We would definitely like to hear from you from time to time regarding your progress and would like to see you once after 3 – 4 months to assess the actual result. In case of any problems we will be always there for your help.
When do I expect to see the final result?
Dimple created is permanent. Initially due to the swelling of the surrounding skin it will be more obvious and will obvious all the time. Once the swelling settles it will be obvious only when you smile. This final result may take around 2-3 months’ time.
Is it reversible?
This operation is very safe, effective and is potentially reversible. Though reversing would need another surgical procedure in the form of recreation of the space between the skin and the muscle and injecting fat in that place.
Why would anyone consider getting dimple creation surgery?
Dimple is considered a sign of ‘beauty’ in Indian culture. In some cultures, dimples are considered a sign of good luck and prosperity. Dimples brighten once smile and add character to it. Many patients state that one of their siblings or close friends have a dimple and they are happy to know that dimple surgery is available to give them that option as well.