While some people are naturally born with dimples on either one or both cheeks, others do not. Dimples can also appear on the chin and other body parts, such as the elbow and back.
This is because dimples are typically perceived to portray an attractive and youthful appearance and are a common and universal sign of beauty.
A dimpleplasty creates natural-looking artificial dimples in one or both cheeks.
A dimpleplasty is known as a minimally invasive surgery. The first dimpleplasty was carried out in the 1960s and has remained popular. It is a quick procedure usually done under local anaesthesia within thirty minutes to an hour.
Before the dimpleplasty procedure, your surgeon will mark where the dimples will be created. The exact procedure to create the dimple may vary depending on the type of surgery used.
Typically, a hole in the cheek will be made using a small surgical instrument that cuts through the muscles under the skin; then, sutures are used to connect the muscles with the outer skin layer. This process creates the appearance of an artificial dimple. A small amount of muscle and fat may also be removed to help create the dimple.
After the surgery, you should be able to go home to rest and recover. Swelling may occur, and your doctor may prescribe painkillers. After a few days, you should start feeling better and resume your normal activities. You will be required to follow-up with your surgeon after two weeks. Dimpleplasty is permanent, but in most cases, it can be reversed.
Not everyone is qualified to undergo a dimpleplasty, even though it is an aesthetic procedure. Those with blood clotting problems or heavy smokers may not be good candidates for this procedure as their risk of bleeding may be higher. Your surgeon will take a detailed medical history before the procedure to rule out any underlying conditions that may affect a dimpleplasty.
As dimples are not an indicator of any medical condition and have no adverse health effects, a dimpleplasty is an aesthetic or cosmetic procedure. The procedure does not treat any medical conditions but is usually done to enhance one’s facial appearance.
Before the procedure, discuss your goals with your surgeon. For example, you and your surgeon will plan the size, location, and type of dimples you wish to have. It is important to be clear about your desired outcome to avoid any misunderstandings about the procedure.
After the procedure, you can expect pain and swelling in your cheek or cheeks for the first few days to two weeks. After you have healed, you can see your new dimples when you smile.
There is a risk of scarring with dimpleplasty. Therefore, consulting with an experienced plastic surgeon who can use their expertise to minimise scarring and unpleasant side effects is important.
Only one procedure at a time is needed for a dimpleplasty after the initial consultation. You may have to return for follow-up sessions to monitor the healing and check on the progress of your new dimples.
During your consultation, Dr. Vincent Tay would be happy to tailor the procedure to your specific needs, and achieve for you a youthful, natural looking results.
All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. The procedure should be carried in a safe environment and in an accredited clinic. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome could occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
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