There is no denying that dimples add character to a face! 

Not only do dimples make you look cute, but they turn your smile into magic. That’s why dimples have become a sought-after facial feature. 

Luckily, if you don’t have these fantastic facial features, a dimpleplasty could help.

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Let’s take a closer look at how to quickly and easily get dimples that’ll last forever. 

What Are Dimples?

When some people smile, dimples appear as small depressions in their cheeks. They are an inherited abnormality in the cheek muscle. The muscle divides into two sections, and the skin attaches to the underlying tissue of the cheek. 

When the person smiles, and the cheek muscles flex, the dimples become visible. 

People associate dimples with youth, beauty, happiness, and good fortune. Dimples enhance smiles and can give someone a sense of heroism and innocence.

While some dimples last into adulthood, many fade away as a child grows older. You’ll find that natural dimples fade because the naturally-occurring defect resolves as the cheek muscle matures.

What is Dimpleplasty?

Dimpleplasty, or dimple surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure that creates permanent dimples in the cheeks or chin.

Patients have a say in exactly where they would like their designer dimples placed and how long, short, deep, or shallow they would like them to be. 

Dimpleplasty is a minimally invasive procedure only addressing soft tissue. Doctors don’t use it to alter the cheekbone or jawbone.

Simply put, dimpleplasty is a cosmetic procedure that can create a permanent natural-looking dimple without scarring the skin. 

Dimpleplasty Procedures

Surgery to get dimples is an elective procedure. In other words, it’s a surgical procedure that people choose to have done for aesthetic reasons. There are typically two methods for creating permanent dimples. 

Stitch Method

The simplest of the two methods, and the most common, is the stitch method. 

Here a surgeon will create a permanent dimple by placing a stitch inside the mouth. This stitch catches the skin behind the cheek, forming a dimple. 

Although this method is quick and easy to perform, any force across the dimple, such as vigorously rubbing your face, can tear the stitch loose. 

Surgical Method

An alternative to the stitch method is surgical dimpleplasty. This surgical procedure is quick and practically painless. It is also low in cost. 

Surgical dimpleplasty is a minimally invasive procedure. In other words, it’s an outpatient surgery so you won’t have to stay overnight in the hospital. 

A surgeon will apply a local anesthetic to numb the site. They will then make a small incision on the inside of your cheek, removing a tiny amount of tissue. 

The surgeon will then close the incision with an absorbable suture and place the suture from the outside to the inside of your cheek. 

While your body naturally absorbs the sutures, the dimples stay permanently!

Are You A Suitable Candidate? 

A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Shokrian, will determine if you are a good candidate for dimpleplasty. 

Generally, there are few contraindications to dimple surgery, but some conditions can increase the chances of complications, especially infection. 

Some of these conditions that could complicate your dimpleplasty procedure include 

  • A mouth infection
  • Problems with dental hygiene
  • Previous facial surgery 
  • Previous dental surgery 
  • Smoking

Recovery Period 

Recovery from dimple surgery is usually quick unless there are unforeseen complications. You should be able to go home shortly after the procedure.  

Most patients do not require any downtime post-surgery. Still, your doctor will provide you with detailed instructions for taking care of the surgical site and any relevant post-operative instructions. 

After your dimpleplasty, you may have some slight swelling, redness, and minor bruising of your face, which will take several days to subside. 

Using ice packs can help reduce the swelling. Here are a few other things to remember after getting dimpleplasty.


Experiencing some degree of pain during the first week after dimpleplasty is perfectly normal. Your doctor will recommend or prescribe medication to manage the pain. 

Hygiene Care

For the first week, you’ll need to take care when brushing your teeth. Always follow the guidance of your plastic surgeon. You may also need to take care when washing your face and make sure to be gentle on the dimples and surrounding areas. 

Liquid Diet

Most likely, your doctor will advise that you stick to a liquid diet for the first five days post-surgery. The incisions and sutures inside your mouth need to have a chance to heal, and this means avoiding solid food. Sticking to protein shakes and soups is best, and your doctor may also advise you not to use a straw. 

Physical Activity

While you shouldn’t have any limitations regarding light everyday tasks, you should avoid doing anything too strenuous for one to two weeks after surgery. If you’re unsure whether or not you should do something, consult your doctor.


Most people can return to work a day after the procedure. However, you may want to take a few extra days off after the procedure to let the redness and swelling resolve.

Remember, the sutures are entirely absorbable, and a doctor doesn’t have to remove them.

Post Surgery Appearance

Although your dimples will be visible immediately, it will take a couple of months to see the final results. 

Initially, your dimples may look very pronounced and be visible even when your face is at rest.

As the incisions heal, the dimple area will relax, and around two months post-surgery, you’ll see your full results. You’ll enjoy having natural-looking dimples that only appear when you smile! 

In Conclusion

Dimpleplasty is one of the newest trends in cosmetic surgery. 

At Millennial Plastic Surgery, dimpleplasty is a simple procedure. Dr. Shokrian has a friendly, patient-focused, and consultative approach. He brings an unsurpassed level of passion to his work and prides himself on the results he achieves.

If you consider adding beautiful dimples to your smile, schedule an appointment at Millennial Plastic Surgery. We can help create the permanent dimple you desire and deserve.