Dimpleplasty| Complications, Procedure, and More You Should Know

Table of content


  1. What is dimpleplasty?
  2. Who is a suitable candidate for dimpleplasty?
  3. What occurs in the dimpleplasty procedure?
  4. What are the contraindications for dimpleplasty?
  5. What should you expect during dimpleplasty?
  6. What factors may help the recovery process?
  7. Does dimpleplasty have side effects?

 You can find the answer to these questions in this article.

 before after picture of dimpleplasty

 What is a dimpleplasty?

Dimpleplasty is a type of cosmetic procedure used to create dimples on the cheeks. The indentations which occur when some people laugh are called dimples.
These dimples are mostly located on the bottoms of the cheeks. Chin dimples are common between people. Dimpleplasty is a kind of Cheek Surgery if you want to know more, you can read this article.
This facial trait is not always a born feature and it can be caused by some injuries. The most common reason which makes these indentations is the deeper facial muscles in the dermis layer. In different cultures, dimples have lots of meanings like being the sign of fortune and good luck. It's a sign of beauty and these days the number of people who prefer having dimples is increased.
The dimple may exist permanently or appear only when someone smiles (you can ask for each of these in your consultation session). While some dimples stay through adulthood periods, many fade away as a child grows up and the defect disappears because of the maturation of the cheek muscle. The Dimpleplasty procedure is one of the most novel trends in aesthetic surgeries. Some people do this surgery 

How do a patient prepare for dimpleplasty?

After making the decision and considering dimpleplasty you should search for a plastic surgeon who has experience in this field. Some dermatologists are trained to do dimpleplasty. It doesn't have a hard procedure but it's important to find an experienced expert who knows how to do dimpleplasty effectively.
After finding your doctor have a consultation session to discuss all aspects of dimpleplasty. You can ask and talk about all risks and complications versus benefits. You can ask about your desired goals and evaluate them if they are realistic or not. These consultation appointments help you to understand whether you are a good candidate or not. At last, if you are suitable for plastic surgery, you can figure out where the dimples should be placed. You can also ask about the fees and costs. The cost of dimpleplasty varies on different factors but averagely people spend about $1,500 on this procedure. As it is a cosmetic procedure, your insurance won't cover the costs.

procedure of dimpleplasty

Surgical steps

Dimpleplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis and it means you don't need hospitalization and the procedure is done in your surgeon's office. It's a minor procedure and your doctor will suggest local anesthesia instead of having general anesthesia.
First of all topical anesthetic will apply by your plastic surgeon or dermatologist (mostly lidocaine is used in the surgical area). These may help you not to sense any pain or discomfort during the dimpleplasty procedure. For getting the desired effect of anesthesia it takes time about 10 minutes.
The doctor then uses a biopsy instrument in order to make a hole manually in your skin. For this small amounts of fat and muscle are removed from that area. The surgical area is about 2 to 3 millimeters in length.
After creating the space a suture is positioned from one side of the cheek muscle to the other. After all of these the sling is tied to set the dimple permanently in place.
The dimpleplasty is a simple, minimally invasive cosmetic operation. Unlike other facial reconstructions, the dimpleplasty requires very little downtime and has no need for general anesthesia(this decreases the surgery time). This short aesthetic procedure is around 30 minutes, depending on your personal anatomy, the experience of your doctor, desired goals, and ...

Types of dimples 

 Things you may expect for Dimpleplasty

      • Operating chair: You’ll be placed on an adjustable operating table or chair, to give the surgeon access to the face and mouth(surgical areas).

      • Scalpel: Small incisions will need to be made in your mouth and cheek, using specialized, small scalpels.

      • Surgical scissors: The surgeon may specialized scissors to remove tissue (fat and muscle)to create the dimple.

      • Other surgical tools: Surgical needles and sutures may also be necessary.

Recovery timeline

The recovery timeline after having dimpleplasty is very fast and relatively straightforward. You don't have to be hospitalized and you can go home immediately following your surgery. As it's clear you may experience mild swelling after that. For removing the swelling you can utilize cold packs. It will be much better within few days.
You can return to your usual life and do your regular activities one day after your dimpleplasty procedure. Your plastic surgeon or dermatologist will likely want to visit you a couple of weeks after the procedure to assess the results.
Your surgeon will suggest any special adjustments, but generally, it's recommended that you don't consume alcohol the night before surgery.

Complications of dimpleplasty

As dimpleplasty is a minor procedure trusted sources say that possible complications are very rare. It's important to choose an experienced expert because this helps you to decrease the possibility of complications. Although possible complications are very rare, they can be very serious if they occur.
Some of these possible complications include:

      • bleeding at the site of surgery
      • facial nerve damage
      • redness and swelling
      • infection
      • scarring

Scarring is the most important risk because the dimples may seem natural if there will be no scarring in the surgery area. Because there are no visible scars or incisions on the outside, your new dimples will look completely natural.
If any of these situations happened to you contact your doctor immediately. Infection is monitored mostly by consuming antibiotics. Try to observe all the instructions your doctor will suggest to you. Be careful about consuming the medications especially anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory drugs.


Although there are no specific prohibitions for having dimpleplasty, some conditions increase the chance of possible complications such as infection.
These include:

• Smoking
• Prior facial surgery
• Prior dental surgery
• Problems with dental hygiene or health
• A mouth infection, such as herpes3

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