What is Dimpleplasty?



What is Dimpleplasty?


Have you always envied the dimples of top models, singers, or actresses? You are not alone, more and more people are turning to cosmetic surgery to sculpt fake dimples.

Dimples are small depressions on the surface of the skin, often located in the chin or cheeks. The cheek dimple is created by a variation of a muscle in the face, the zygomaticus minor muscle. This acts on the upper lip, and if it is shorter than normal, it helps create that little depression in the cheek when the person smiles. This variation can be present on only one side of the face or both. Dimples draw attention to the face and are often seen as a sign of beauty. The creation of cheek dimples through surgery thus helps to increase the attractiveness of the face and accentuate the smile.

What are the different facial dimples?

There are a multitude of dimples that can exist naturally in the face, resulting from a large number of skin muscles and therefore possible malformations. The best known are chin dimples, and cheek dimples, with more or less low locations, specific to each.

For most people, cheek dimples’ location may be found where a vertical line that extends from the outside corner of the eye meets a horizontal line that extends from the corner of the mouth.

How is dimple surgery performed?

The dimpleplasty procedure takes place under local anesthesia and lasts barely half an hour, without a scar. It is simply a minor surgical procedure.

To create a dimple, the surgeon goes through the inside of the mouth and shortens the zygomatic muscle over a tiny area. There is thus an adhesion between the skin and the mucous membrane of the cheeks and a small visible hollow forms when smiling. The dimples are very marked immediately after the operation for a period of about fifteen days. Then, they will be visible only when the person smiles, which is quite close to the natural dimple.

Minor swelling, bruising, and a small amount of bleeding are all possible side effects that should be taken into consideration. However, if ever occurs, it should fully disappear within two weeks. As the stitches dissolve, the dimple will become less pronounced and look even more natural over time. Although the dimple may occasionally vanish with time, the process is simple to repeat.

In general, depending on the technique utilized to perform the dimple, surgically induced dimples can be reversible.

Following a dimpleplasty, the patient can immediately resume regular activities, but it is recommended to take a few days off from any strenuous activities.


Maybe you have always imagined yourself with dimples to give you a cuter look. Regardless of the cause, if you realized that you have always loved cheek or chin dimples and wished you had them for yourself, a dimpleplasty may be the best choice for you.