Dimple Surgery

Dimple creation surgery is a minimally invasive surgery used to create dimples on the cheeks or chin.

A natural dimple is usually formed when there is a small defect in the cheek musculature (most often the buccinators muscle).  The skin overlying this small defect is stuck down to the underlying connective tissue and creates a dimple in the skin with facial animation (smiling).

Dimple creation surgery can simulate this naturally occurring process.  To create a dimple, a small painless incision is made in the inside of your cheek. There is no incision or scar on the outside skin.  A small absorbable suture is passed through the inside of the cheek and catches the undersurface of the skin where the dimple is desired.  When this suture is tied, it causes a dimpling in the overlying skin.  At first there is a dimple present even without smiling, but after several days, or sometimes a few weeks, the dimple is only present while smiling or moving the face.  The scarring between the inner skin and muscle will cause a permanent dimple even after the suture is absorbed.

Dimple creation surgery can be done on any type or size cheek, although some cheeks are probably better candidates than others.  You can decide where the dimples will be, or you can have surgeons decide where the most optimal place for the dimples should be on your face.