Dimples are typically found on the cheeks and on the chin, A dimpled chin is often called a “cleft chin.” A cleft chin forms when the underlying bone structure of the jaw grows with an indentation or groove in the center. Cheek dimples are naturally formed when the skin on top of a small defect in the cheek muscle sticks to the underlying connective tissue. Usually, these kinds of dimples are only visible when smiling.
Although both kinds of dimples are technically “flaws,” they don’t cause any trouble for the possessor and there are women and even some men whose appearances are unquestionably enhanced by dimpled cheeks or a cleft chin. Of course, while some of us are envious of people with natural dimples, people who are “blessed” with them are sometimes anxious to erase this distinctive feature
In some cultures dimples are considered a sign of good luck and prosperity and in others may play a role in sexual selection.
Also, dimples help brighten a smile and add character. Many patients state that one of their siblings or close friends have a dimple and they are happy to know that dimple surgery is available to give them that option as well.
It is the case that dimples often attract attention for the right reason and many people perceive them as attractive. Throughout history dimples have been a sign of success, youth and exuberance.
For those people that wish to have permanent dimples as part of their appearance, Dimple creation surgery is an option. For the rest of us owing to developments in science and surgery, it is now possible to surgically create permanent dimples, and the surgical procedure to create dimples is very simple and straightforward when done properly.
During consultation The Ideal Location for Cheek Dimple has been discussed. Some believe that the most common area is at a point on intersection of a vertical line drawn down from the outer corner of the eye and a horizontal line drawn from the corner of the mouth when the patient smiles slightly. Still other authors believe it is most desirable on a line drawn from the corner of the mouth to the earlobe about 3-31/2 cm from the angle of the mouth. This is something that you can bring up to your doctor. Ultimately, you should have a say as to where the best location will be for your dimple. What doctors usually do is sit down with a patient and use an instrument to stimulate where the dimple would be with the patient in front of a mirror. This is done several times to make sure that both the surgeon and the patient agree on the same thing. We tend to do it at the consult, pre procedure appointment, and the day of the procedure. doctor also verify it during the procedure itself again.
The dimple creation procedure can be done under local anesthesia in the office. A small incision is made inside the mouth and some tissue is removed at this site and then a suture is used to grasp the skin and then this sewn to the area of the incision that was made. There are many ways to make the dimple look differently depending on the preference of the patient and surgeon. The sutures inside the mouth dissolve on their own. The sutures on the outside can be dissolvable or not depending on the surgeon’s technique.
Many surgeons do not have a suture on the outside. Prior to the procedure, we usually have the patient swish with an anti-bacterial mouthwash to keep the mouth clean before the procedure. You are usually prescribed antibiotics (orally) to take after the procedure, pain medications, and sometimes an anti-nausea medication. After the procedure, we usually tell you to keep swishing the mouth wash as before the procedure (in the morning upon awakening, after each meal, and right before bed time)
To create a chin dimple or cleft chin, filler can be used or there are two possible surgical options. If the chin projection is adequate, doctor can make an incision from inside the mouth or under the chin and make a vertical groove in the bone. The overlying muscle is sutured to the groove and the skin will naturally form a dimple or cleft. If the chin doesn’t project far enough, doctor can use a chin implant that has been marked with a groove prior to surgery. The remaining portion of the surgery is the same as the option using your native bone. Both options will result in a cleft or dimpled chin
Dimple creation surgery is an outpatient procedure that is minimally invasive. As a result, you can generally return to your normal activities the same day of the procedure. Pain is minimal and generally well tolerated. Swelling and bruising in the cheek area are likely; however, most swelling will resolve by 2 weeks.
You are free to eat what you want following the procedure; however, doctor will place you on an oral hygiene regimen during the initial healing phase.
You will likely experience the presence of the dimple at rest (when not smiling) for a period of a few weeks to a few months. Generally, the dimple will slowly flatten as you heal to a point where it is only present when you are smiling.
Dimple creation surgery results in the presence of a permanent dimple about 90% of the time. Rarely, if the suture doesn’t hold early in the healing process or sufficient scar tissue fails to form, the dimple may be too shallow or disappear.
In capable hands, with the right training and experience, this is a very safe and effective procedure. Over time the technique has evolved to optimise the effects and reduce problems.
Immediate side effects may include injection-related events at the site of injection, such as minimum redness, slight tenderness or discomfort, some bruising or rarely swelling.
A delayed appearance of small bumps under the skin in the treated area could rarely occur. Generally these bumps are not visible and may only be noticed when pressing on the treated area. All of these side effects usually last only a day or two.
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