It has a funny sounding name, so you’d be forgiving for wondering: what is dimpleplasty? It’s not completely without irony that I talk about dimpleplasty having a “funny” sounding name because that’s, in part, what we’ll be talking about. See, dimpleplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that is designed to give the patient dimples.
What is Dimpleplasty?
To some people, that might sound like a radical new field for plastic surgeons. But it’s really not that different from what surgeons already do. If you think about it, millions of patients every year elect to undergo rhinoplasty procedures to change the shape of their noses. So adding dimples to the face isn’t really that much of a stretch.
In fact, it’s another in a long line of procedures during which surgeons make small changes that end up having a big impact.
How Does Dimpleplasty Work?
In order to understand what happens during a dimpleplasty, it’s helpful to know a couple of things: how dimples happen and why dimples are popular. We’ll start with the first. Essentially, dimples are little more than an artifact of the way muscles of the face work. When the skin flexes, forming a smile, the muscle beneath the tissue is pulled along for the ride.
Not everyone has dimples. Those who don’t exhibit dimples usually have enough muscle (or muscle connection points) that the telltale tension does not exist—therefore, no dimple. A dimpleplasty, therefore, changes the muscle structure beneath the face in order to allow for that “pull” that creates dimples. In most cases, a dimpleplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, performed in less than thirty minutes.
Granted, patients will still have to undergo the required recovery period in order to ensure that everything heals properly. Still, for many patients, that’s a small price to pay for finally having those coveted dimples.
Why Are Dimples so Popular?
Which, of course, brings us to the second part of the equation: what explains the popularity of dimples? They’re a tiny component of anyone’s face, even if you’re paying attention to them. But dimples have long been associated with youth—you could even make an argument for the association of dimples and innocent, child-like joy.
But perhaps more concretely, dimples are relatively common amongst those who are seen as role-models in the arena of beauty. And while those kinds of beauty trendsetters are important to recognize as a source of influence, they are not the only reason that people end up wanting dimples. Indeed, the benefits of dimples might include:
- They help balance out smile lines
- Dimples can introduce an element of “cuteness” to the face
- Symmetrical dimples can add to the overall symmetry of the face
- In many cases, dimples can also add to the overall interest and proportion of the face
- Dimples can also emphasize your smile—a feature many people like
In many cases, patients like the idea of dimples because they work quite well with the overall proportions of the face (always remember, every part of the face works with and against every other part of the face). But in other cases, some patients can’t deny that they want dimples because dimples happen to be “in.”
A Good Idea for a Permanent Procedure?
In some ways, dimpleplasty can sound somewhat frivolous. It’s a permanent procedure, so whether dimples are still “in” ten years from now, you’ll still have them. However, that’s not terribly different from any other plastic surgery procedure. And, true to form, most plastic surgery patients have motivations that run beyond “it’s trendy.”
There are, in fact, two distinct procedures that come to mind that remind me of dimpleplasty. The first is rhinoplasty. Many nose job procedures are performed for purely aesthetic reasons. A patient wants the nose to work better with the rest of the face. A different size or shape the nose will often be able to accomplish that. The difference is that rhinoplasty tends to have a very long recovery period, and that’s not necessarily the case with dimpleplasty.
The second procedure it reminds me of is blepharoplasty—otherwise known as an eyelid lift. Now, eyelid procedures are quite common (they’re quickly and quietly growing in popularity). During an eyelid lift, a surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from around the eyes. The end result of the procedure is a face that looks significantly more vibrant and youthful. And all it takes are just a few changes around the eyes.
Of course, you could also make the same claim about something like fillers for lips or any type of lip augmentation procedure—small changes for a dramatic transformation. In many ways, dimpeplasty is not that different.
Is Dimpleplasty for You?
Of course, saying the procedure is entirely acceptable is a little different than saying it’s right for everyone. Whether a dimpleplasty really is the best option for you will depend on several factors. Obviously, if you already have dimples, you won’t need to consider this procedure.
But only your plastic surgeon will be able to tell you whether a dimpleplasty will even have an effect on your face. And only you will be able to decide whether the recovery and cost of the procedure is worth it in order to achieve this particular effect.
After all, there are other ways to change or enhance your smile. Dimpleplasty is only one of those options. Now that you know what dimpleplasty actually is, you’ll be better able to choose the best approach.