What do celebrities like Mario Lopez, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jennifer Garner have in common? If you guessed lots of money, you’re right – but you’re also right if you guessed dimples. These celebrities are often regarded as some of the most attractive people in Hollywood, and much of it has to do with their dimples. This is part of the reason why dimpleplasty surgery is growing in popularity by the day.
What’s a Dimpleplasty?
Dimpleplasty is a quick, in-office, minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a plastic surgeon creates the appearance of dimples by pinning back (or “anchoring”) tissue in the cheek area. In very rare cases, some individuals may request chin dimples to look more masculine or emulate a celebrity. A muscle inside the cheek, known as the buccinator, is naturally indented in individuals who have dimples. This means that the surgeon simply creates a defect in that muscle to surgically create dimples where they didn’t exist before. Sometimes, this may mean anchoring muscle tissue to the undersurface of the skin in such a way that the dimples are only visible when the patient smiles.
Who’s Doing It?
People in countries like the United States and Brazil are seeking dimpleplasty, and most are millennials ages 20 to 30. There are several reasons why people continue to seek this surgery, including:
- Emulating their favorite celebrities;
- Appearing “cute” and “adorable” – two terms regularly used to describe people with dimples;
- Enhancing their sex appeal, as many men with dimples are considered sexy;
- Attempting to look younger than they really are; and
- Boosting their own self-esteem by adding facial features they weren’t born with.
Plastic surgeons claim that requests for dimpleplasty surgeries have tripled in the last couple of years due in part to the ease of the procedure, the affordability, and the lack of downtime afterward.
What’s it Like?
Most dimpleplasty surgeries take about 30 minutes in an experienced plastic surgeon’s office. The patient is provided with local anesthesia, and in many cases, he or she is given a sedative to promote a sense of calm and alleviate anxiety. The surgeon will then perform the procedure using only internal incisions, and while the patients will likely have some swelling afterward, the dimples are visible immediately with no noticeable stitches and no need for bandages. Patients may see dimpling even without animated facial expressions for about one to two months, and they will likely experience some mild to moderate soreness.
Home Care and Recovery
For the most part, individuals who undergo dimpleplasty can return to work and regular activity the following day, though there are some rare cases in which patients may need to take a few days away from work – especially if they work in extreme climates. Other than this, swelling and pain can be treated with a mix of over-the-counter and prescription pain medications or anti-inflammatory medications, when needed. Patients will likely need to return to their surgeons for follow-up visits a few days after the surgery and again once the healing is complete. The permanent result should be visible within eight weeks.
Dimpleplasty is more than just a way for people to look like their favorite celebrities; it’s also a great way to boost one’s self-esteem without spending a small fortune. Just remember that dimpleplasty may not last a lifetime; the effects of gravity, heredity, and even a changing body weight can all have an impact on the longevity of the dimples.