A dimple is considered as cute by many. In some cultures, it is regarded a sign of good luck and prosperity. It results from a difference in the insertion of a cheek muscle into the overlying cheek skin. It can be found on one or both sides of a cheek. In case one does not have a dimple, it is possible to get one with the help of a short plastic surgery procedure. After the small surgery, the individual can soon return home.
Creating a dimple begins with a consultation when the patient and doctor together decide on the location of the dimple. Once the position has been marked the doctor anesthetizes the site by injection of a local anesthetic. An incision is placed inside the cheek and a small bit of tissue is removed between the skin and the muscle. A dissolving stitch is used to tether the dermis of the cheek to the underlying muscle. The incision inside the mouth is closed with dissolving stitches. Medications are prescribed for the discomfort which may last for a few days. Antibiotics are advised for five days.
Initially, the dimple is seen at rest. As the suture dissolves, the dimple becomes evident only during a smile. During this period scar tissue that forms between the cheek and the muscle is responsible for the dimpling. It is not possible to precisely control the depth of a dimple due to the presence of multiple factors that affect wound healing. In some cases, the dimple may be shallow and can be made deeper with the help of a revision procedure. It is difficult to undo a dimple once it has been created. This should be borne in mind before undertaking the procedure.