What Are the Different Types of Cosmetic Surgery for Dimples?

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Cosmetic surgery for dimples is an option for those who wish to create this facial feature. The surgical procedure is relatively simple and involves mimicking the cheek muscle attributes present in naturally formed dimples. People with dimples have a slight deformation of the cheek muscle, often genetically inherited, in which the skin covering this muscle defect is attached to the connective tissue underneath, creating a small depression in the cheek. This depression is usually most prominent with the dimpled person is smiling. Many find this facial feature attractive, hence the advent of cosmetic surgery for dimples.

The process for surgically creating a dimple is non-invasive and can typically be done in less than an hour. The surgeon creates a minor incision on the inside of the cheek, through the mouth. Using this method, there is no risk of scarring on the exterior of the face. A suture is used to pull a small piece of the outside cheek skin inward, creating the effect of a dimple.

Most surgeons use a dissolvable suture during the procedure. Scar tissue created from the procedure allows the created dimple to remain after the sutures are gone. As with natural dimples, cosmetic surgery for dimples gives the patient dimples only when smiling. The risks are minimal, and the surgery involves only local anesthesia. The procedure can also be easily reversed if the patient does not like the final outcome.


Recovery time for cosmetic surgery for dimples is short, usually only a day or two. Dimples can appear elsewhere on the body, such as the chin, but cosmetic surgery for dimples is most commonly done on the cheeks. If a chin dimple is desired, a surgeon can utilize a procedure similar to cheek dimple creation. Cheek dimples can be created in any size and in any place on the cheek. If large dimples are desired, an entire section of cheek tissue can be removed to accommodate a deeper dimple.

Some opt for cosmetic surgery for dimples, usually chin dimples, to remove the feature rather than to add it. This surgical procedure involves removing the connection between the outer skin and the underlying muscle or tissue deformity in the chin. The surgeon will often add filler, such as fat, to the chin dimple area to ensure that the patient’s outer appearance is smooth and dimple-free. As with cheek dimple surgery, incisions for chin dimple surgery are done from inside the mouth to prevent any visible scarring.


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