Dimple operation involves stitching the cheek skin to the buccal mucosa skin, resulting in a dimple-like appearance when smiling. The approach can determine the position of the dimple, and can be done on one or both sides of the cheek.
After the operation, there can be minor external scars corresponding to the position of the dimple during the first 3 months, which will gradually be less noticeable. During the first 2-3 months, the dimple will be visible at all times, and then will slowly disappear to the point where it will only be visible when smiling. There is a chance that the suture will be loosened or come off, making the dimple disappear, which will require a follow-up operation to re-stitch the suture.
Individuals who wish to have dimples
After applying anesthesia, the surgeon will cut open both the buccal mucosa skin (approx. 1 cm) and stab wounds at the cheek skin, stitch them together, stop the bleeding and close the internal cut. The cut on the cheek will self-heal.
Rinse mouth daily, 4 times per day (morning-noon-evening-night).
Clean the scar on the cheek daily, avoiding contact with water. Allow for face wash and applying makeup after 3 days.
Suture will self-dissolve in 1-2 months.
Avoid having hot, strong-tasting, or preserved food for 1 month.
Avoid laughing and smiling widely, which may lead to the suture coming off.
During the first 2-3 months, the dimple will be visible at all times, and then will slowly disappear to only be visible when smiling.
Scars around the dimple area may be visible during the first 3 months, which will gradually be less noticeable.
Temporary scars around the dimple area (as mentioned previously), and the possibility that the stitch becoming undone, making the dimple disappear.
How long will the change last?
The change will typically last a lifetime.