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What Is Dimpleplasty?

Dimpleplasty is a facial cosmetic procedure to create dimples on the cheeks. It is growing in popularity in the United States, particularly among Millennials. This is an outpatient procedure that can be performed in approximately half an hour to enhance your facial appearance.

What is a Dimpleplasty Like to Experience?

Our dimpleplasty in Portland is a minimally-invasive procedure that is performed with local anesthesia. Using an individually-tailored surgical plan, Dr. Kim places a small incision inside the cheek through which a dimple is manually created by manipulating the muscle and soft tissue inside the cheek.

What is the Recovery from a Dimpleplasty?

You are free to return home immediately after the procedure. You may experience swelling and mild bruising of the cheeks, weakness in the cheek muscle, and minimal discomfort that can be controlled with over-the-counter medications. Recovery from dimpleplasty is relatively quick and easy as most side effects resolve within a few days.

What Are Dimples, Exactly?

Naturally-occurring dimples are small indentations that appear on the cheeks when a person is smiling due to a natural defect of the buccinator muscle in the cheek. Surgically-placed dimples seek to replicate the defect in the buccinator muscle and take strategic advantage of the wound healing processes in order to make a scar that tethers the cheek tissue during smiling to form a dimple.


Who Is a Good Candidate for Dimpleplasty?

Dimpleplasty can be performed on all skin colors and types, and patients can choose to have them placed on one or both sides. For patients with rounder faces, this simple surgical technique can help improve facial contours.

Can the Procedure Be Custom-Tailored?

Prior to the start of the procedure, Dr. Kim will work with you to determine the ideal placement of your dimple(s) to suit your unique facial structure and aesthetic goals.

How Soon Are Results Visible After Dimpleplasty?

Results are long-lasting and visible immediately after the procedure. It is important to note that the dimples are typically present at all times right after the procedure. After a few months of healing, however, the dimple is ideally only present when smiling and nonexistent at rest.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

I hope this update finds all of you safe and healthy. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are limiting appointments to those that are necessary only (lacerations or emergencies that do not require a visit to the ER, immediate post-operative patients, etc.). We are still answering calls and email inquiries, so feel free to reach out with any questions or urgent requests. We are also offering virtual consultations via FaceTime or Skype to get your process started until we can see you preoperatively. Although these are difficult decisions, we feel this is important for the good of our community, our patients and their families. If you are currently scheduled to come into the office in the next few weeks, our Patient Care Specialist will be in touch with you regarding the status of your appointment or surgery.

This is an incredibly fluid and evolving situation, but we will return to our normal operations when it is safe to do so. We really appreciate your patience. Just remember that we are all in this together and that we will get through this.

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