We all have our favorite facial features but almost everyone loves dimples. The indentations on the faces of the celebrities like Mario Lopez and Shirley Temple give their faces something special.
Many societies think that dimples are a sign of desirability. Until recently, having dimples was purely genetic luck. There were gadgets that promised dimples but they only delivered a temporary effect. With recent advancements, dimples can now be permanently created for any individual to enhance their look.
Despite their “cuteness,” dimples are really a deformity. They are often caused by a deformity in the facial muscle called the Zygomaticus major. Anatomists think that a variation of the muscle originates on the zygomatic bone and causes the indentation of the dimple.
Zygomaticus Muscle and Zygomatic Bone Pictures Courtesy of Wikipedia.
Dimple creation is also known as buccal lipectomy or dimpleplasty. Dimple creation is a procedure that can be done under local anesthesia. A small incision is made inside the mouth after dimple placement is determined. A tiny piece of the cheek muscle is then removed to create a natural-looking dimple. The skin is positioned to create a dimple and the gap is closed with absorbable sutures. The sutures are placed through the cheek muscle connecting the dermis layer of the skin. A surgical knot is then tied which dimples the skin.
The patient is able to resume normal activities following the short procedure. After about two weeks the skin flattens out creating a normal appearance. When the internal scar heals, it connects the cheek muscle to the skin thus creating a dimple when smiling. This period could vary from a few days to several weeks depending on the healing and the extent of tissue removed.Since the procedure is performed inside the mouth, there is no obvious appearance of surgery from the outside. It takes at least a month before the final look sets in.
An anti-septic mouth wash is used to reduce infection. Cheek muscle weakness can occur temporarily. Despite the apparent simplicity of the procedure, you should still carefully consider the benefits and risks of the procedure as you would any permanent cosmetic procedure. Despite this, dimple creation is normally reversible.
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