Dimples are small indentations found towards the bottom of the cheek or on the chin. They can be caused naturally due to tugging of the subdermal muscle or due to injury. Dimples are viewed as a sign of beauty, luck and prosperity in many regions, unfortunately, not everyone is naturally born with it. However, dimples can be effortlessly created using dimpleplasty.
- Expectations – during the consultancy, the patient is prompted to express their desired expectations with the surgeon and discuss its possibilities. Showing pictures of desired results is more helpful in reaching a consensus.
- Medical history – the physician will ask the patient about their past-medical history as well as family history to ensure that they are eligible to undergo the surgery. Patients with blood disorders are advised not to undergo this procedure.
- Photography – a professional will take before and after pictures in different angles to record the change made due to the procedure. The patient may also be provided with a photoshopped picture before the surgery to have realistic expectations.
- Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking a week before the procedure as it can affect the surgery and healing process.
- Medications – after reviewing the patient’s medical history, the physician may ask the patient to stop consumption of certain medicines. They include – aspirin, immunosuppressants, anti-inflammatory medicine, herbal capsules, blood thinners and other anti-coagulants.
Dimple creation is an outpatient procedure that can be conducted at the surgeon’s office. Dimpleplasty is performed under local anaesthesia.
The process begins with the surgeon making an incision inside the buccal cavity. Then a suture (sling) is used to anchor the newly formed dimple into place. Once desired results are achieved, the surgeon closes the incision using dissolvable sutures. Dimpleplasty does not leave behind a visible scar.
Risks & recovery
- Downtime – there is no downtime. The patient can resume normal activities immediately.
- Activities – there should be minimal mouth or jaw movement for the first two days into recovery. Swimming, gymming or any strenuous exercise should be avoided until prompted by the surgeon.
- Diet – the physician may recommend a liquid diet consumed through a straw to avoid jaw movement. Hot and spicy food should be avoided until the sutures have healed.
- Sensation – there may be partial loss of sensation after complete healing. This can cause temporary or permanent numbness around the treated area.
- Swelling – there may be swelling around the treated area.
- General risks – surgical procedures may cause redness, bruising, bleeding, facial nerve damage and infection.
- Rest – the patient is advised to take complete rest to promote fast healing.
- Ice & compression – the wound should be compressed with an ice pack to reduce swelling.
- Elevation – the patient is advised to sleep in an upright and elevated position. This reduces swelling and avoids any tugging or pulling.
- Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking for up to two weeks post-treatment. Smoking can interfere with blood flow and can cause problems with healing.
- Alcohol – the patient is advised to avoid alcohol consumption for a few days as it can counteract with medications prescribed for aftercare.
- Medicines – the surgeon may prescribe painkillers and antibiotics. They can be a combination of tablets as well as topical gels. These medicines need to be used promptly as prescribed by the physician.