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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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We are excited to announce that we will start seeing patients on a limited basis in our clinic starting Friday, May 1st for select procedures and visits. The vast majority of postoperative checks and new patient consultations will still be done through our telehealth platform in order to minimize any unnecessary exposure for patients and staff alike. A future in-person consultation will not require an additional consultation fee.

As part of our commitment to the highest safety standards, we have made the following modification to your patient experience for the foreseeable future. We greatly appreciate your compliance and understanding.

  1. Online check-in must be completed through our online portal 48-hours prior to the appointment.
  2. We are instituting a curbside waiting room. Please text us at 503-575-1910 upon arrival and wait in your parked car until you are notified via text message that we are ready to begin your appointment. Complimentary patient parking is located below our building.
  3. Patients are required to bring and wear masks for the duration of their appointment.
  4. Guests, children, or visitors other than the patient will not be permitted. In the case of patients who are minors, one accompanying parent or guardian is permissible.
  5. Restrooms will not be accessible during this time.
  6. We will obtain credit card information over the phone prior to the appointment. Payment will be processed after the treatment is completed. No payment will be handled onsite.
  7. Patients will enter our main entrance and exit out of our back exit. This one-way patient flow will allow us to comprehensively disinfect our clinic to be ready for the next patient.
  8. We will limit our injectable treatments to upper face neuromodulators indefinitely (Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau).

We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. We miss you and can’t wait to see you again.

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