Dimple Creation Surgery

Throughout the world, dimples are often considered to be a desirable feature. In fact, in Eastern parts of the world, dimples are considered to represent good fertility and fortune.

A dimple occurs as a result of a small defect in the cheek muscle. This causes the skin to get stuck down to the connective tissue. While some may consider this a flaw, many people consider it to be a feature they wish they had.

Fortunately, you can now achieve your desired look thanks to dimple creation surgery. This surgery allows you to have natural looking dimples even when you were born without them.


Anaesthesia type: Local
Procedure time: 1-2 hours
Recovery time: 2-3 days

Dimpleplasty, otherwise known as dimple creation surgery, allows you to have the dimples you’ve always wanted. The newly created dimples will even be visible when you’re not smiling.

Dimple creation surgery is considered popular because it is such a simple procedure – it is done very quickly, you will be awake but unable to feel pain due to the local anaesthetic, and there is very little to no downtime, you will be able to resume your normal day-to-day routine on the same day.

All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with dimple creation surgery.

We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age. Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.

Dimple creation is ideal for those who:

  • Wish to improve their image or self-esteem
  • Want to enhance their smile with a dimple
  • Relieve pain and discomfort
  • Have some skin laxity remaining

Before any surgery, you will be required to have a consultation.

The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the dimple creation procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.

Your surgeon will:

  1. Take a focused history and examine you
  2. Explain the dimple creation procedure
  3. Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you

Dimple creation surgery is considered to be a minor surgical procedure which will help to enhance the facial features and smile.

The surgery will be performed under a local anaesthetic, so you will not feel any pain or discomfort.

The procedure involves a biopsy instrument being placed against the buccal mucosa (inner cheek). Then, a circular cut is made through the cheek muscles. While the skin is left intact, tissue will be removed, leaving a circular shadow. The incision is then stitched shut. These stitches will be dissolvable, so there is no need to attend another appointment to remove them.


buccal fat removal step by step

Dimple creation surgery is considered a day procedure, and you will be able to return home once the effects of the local anaesthetic have worn off.

In the days following the procedure, you can expect to see some swelling and bruising. However, this will fade over time.

The sutures used to close the incision inside the cheek will dissolve within two weeks of your surgery. Once the healing process is complete, the cheek muscle will connect with the skin, and the new, natural looking dimple will be formed.

Why choose centre for surgery?

Surgeon-led and managed care throughout for a truly personalised approach

Our innovative ClearSleep anaesthesia technique

Comprehensive aftercare programme

Financing options available

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Can I choose the position for the dimple?

Yes and this can be discussed with the surgeon during your free consultation.

Can I decide how deep the dimple will be?

To an extent. The depth for the dimples will ultimately depend on certain factors including:

  • Cheek thickness
  • The shape of the dimple
  • How much fat is present
  • The shape of your face
  • The balance of your face

How is the procedure performed?

A punch biopsy instrument is used to cut through the cheek muscles, tissues are removed and a cylindrical-shaped shadow is created underneath the skin still intact. The inside of the cheek is then stitched up, which forms the dimples.

How long does it take?

The procedure usually takes an hour and a half for completion.

What is the recovery period like?

Expect some degree of swelling and bruising for a few days but the recovery period for dimple creation is quite rapid compared to other surgical procedures.

What are the complications associated with the procedure?

There may be a temporary weakness on the cheek due to the newly created dimples, but very rare. The dimple may turn on deeper than you may have wanted. However, the procedure is reversible if you decide you no longer want the dimples.

Will I be left with a scar?

No incision is made on the outer cheek so therefore you will not be left with a scar.

Is this a day surgery?

Yes – dimple creation surgery will only take a few hours to complete. You will be able to return home once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.

Will I need to have any stitches removed?

At Centre for Surgery, we use dissolvable stitches for dimple creation surgery. Therefore, you will not need to return to our clinic to have the stitches removed. Instead, the stitches will naturally dissolve within two weeks of surgery.

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