Dimple surgery (also known as dimple creation surgery or dimpleplasty) is an elective plastic surgery procedure that's done to create dimples on the face. Dimples are the small depressions in the cheeks that appear when some people smile. An inherited trait, dimples arise due to indentations in the layer just beneath the skin (called the dermis).

The procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis. The surgery involves the formation of a dimple with the creation of scar tissue in the dermis between the muscles of the face using small instruments and incisions, and a small amount of tissue is removed.1Here's a breakdown of what to keep in mind as you heal:

Pain relief: Pain and soreness are common around the newly created dimples, especially for the first five to seven days. Your healthcare provider may recommend or prescribe medications to help you manage your pain.

Icing: Throughout the period of recovery, it's not unusual for people to experience some swelling and redness in the face, and you can use ice to help reduce swelling.

Hygiene: When washing your face, make sure to pat the dimples and surrounding areas lightly and don't scrub. You may also need to take precautions when brushing your teeth, as directed by your healthcare provider.

How Does Dimpleplasty Work?

Dimple surgery is an outpatient surgery. As such, you don't need to go to the hospital but can have it done at your surgeon's office. The procedure takes up to 30 minutes and your surgeon will use a local anaesthetic. 

The doctor first applies a topical anaesthetic to the area. The anaesthesia should take effect in about ten minutes. The doctor then makes small incisions in your skin using a biopsy instrument. This creates manual dimples. 

Your surgeon will then remove a small amount of fat and muscle, creating a 2 to 3mm area. The doctor positions a suture or sling from both sides of the cheek muscle. This permanently sets the dimples in place. Recovery from the procedure is simple and quick. New dimples form when the scar tissue that develops in the small incisions heals. Contact Advanced Specialty Care & Med Spa today to learn more.

What are the Benefits of Dimple Surgery?

The benefits of the procedure are to improve your facial balance and appearance, which can help to boost your confidence and increase your self-esteem.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Dimpleplasty?

Recovery from dimpleplasty is straightforward. You can go home immediately after the procedure. You might experience some swelling in the area and, you'll still feel the effects of the local anaesthesia. That should, however, pass after a few hours. 

For the swelling, cold packs will do, although the swelling should subside in a few days without them. You can go back to work or resume regular activities two days after the procedure. The surgeon will set up a follow-up appointment a few weeks later to check the results. In general, recovery takes about 2 weeks, but it may take a couple of months to see the full results.

Potential Risks and Complications

Dimple surgery complications are rare. However, since this is still a surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, including: 

Excessive bleeding at the surgical site

Swelling and redness

Nerve damage



Most of the time, serious complications occur when the procedure is done by an inexperienced plastic surgeon. Should you experience oozing or bleeding at the site, see a doctor immediately. This could be a sign of infection. 

Scarring, while, rare can still occur and, when that happens, the results may not be what you were hoping for. Reversing that kind of damage may be difficult. This is why you need to choose an experienced surgeon in the first place.


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