Dimples are considered a sign of good luck, apart from adding beauty to a smile. Although dimples are formed when there is a defect in the cheek muscle, the resulting effect provides a positive appearance in the facial expression when smiling. Therefore, both men and women have desired to have dimples and see them as an asset.
Now there is a surgical method to give you those dimples you have desired. Dr. Amiya Prasad can advise you if you are a good candidate for this procedure and recommend the best position and size for you dimple.
Dimple Creation Procedure
A dimple creation procedure takes an approximate 30 minutes to complete. This is carried out under local anesthesia. The incisions are made in the inside of the cheek and there are no scars or incisions on the outside surface. A punch biopsy instrument is placed alongside the inner cheek (buccal mucosa) in lines with the location of the dimple and circular motions are made which cuts through the inner cheek, sub-mucosal and cheek muscle. The circular tissue is removed and the skin is left intact. The skin is positioned appropriately to create a dimple and the cylindrical gap is closed with absorbable sutures. The sutures are placed through the cheek muscle connecting the dermis layer of the skin. A surgical knot is then tied which dimples the skin without a smile.
The sutures dissolve and absorbs in 2 weeks and the skin flattens out creating a normal appearance.. When the internal scar heals it connects the cheek muscle to the skin thus creating a dimple when smiling. This period could vary from a few days to several weeks depending on the healing and the extent of tissue removed. A dimple creation surgery can be performed both on cheeks that are chubby or not. The size of the dimple determines the amount of tissue to be removed.
Dimple Creation Recovery
Post surgical care as always has to be maintained. Dr. Amiya Prasad will provide instructions on your care. However, since the oral cavity is a source of bacteria great care has to be maintained. An anti-septic mouth wash has to be used a couple of times a day to keep the site as germ free as possible. Suitable antibiotics will also be prescribed to help with faster healing. Dr. Prasad can also provide medications to relieve pain, if needed. Mild to moderate inflammation will remain for a few days. Over animated facial expressions should be avoided for better results during the healing phase.
In certain rare cases there could be a temporary weakness of the cheek muscle after the surgery that could last for weeks. As with any surgery there are some risks. However, Dr. Amiya Prasad will meet with you to discuss all information you will need to make an informed decision.