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Seattle | Bellevue Cheek | Dimple Creation: The Cheek Dimple is an area of the face that usually is dynamically created when a person smiles. The Chinese character for this word is in the shape of a dynamic whirlpool. Asians view this trait as one that brings good will and in this culture women desire it. Many ancient Chinese writings and pictures associate this trait with beautiful women.
Dr. Khoo Boo Chai of Singapore found in a study of over 8400 women that the incidence was 1 in 18 females. 59% of women had bilateral dimples. Single dimples occurred 34% of the time. 60% of the time it was located on the left side. The most common area to have a dimple in the face is the cheek at 47%; the angle of the mouth was at 39%. With this knowledge, many surgeons who opt to create one dimple usually create it on the left side. However, most surgeons heavily lean toward creating a dimple on both sides for symmetry purposes.
The Ideal Location for Cheek Dimple has been discussed. Some believe that the most common area is at a point on intersection of a vertical line drawn down from the outer corner of the eye and a horizontal line drawn from the corner of the mouth when the patient smiles slightly. Still other authors believe it is most desirable on a line drawn from the corner of the mouth to the earlobe about 3-31/2 cm from the angle of the mouth. This is something that you can bring up to your doctor. Ultimately, you should have a say as to where the best location will be for your dimple. What we usually do is sit down with a patient and use an instrument to stimulate where the dimple would be with the patient in front of a mirror. This is done several times to make sure that both the surgeon and the patient agree on the same thing. We tend to do it at the consult, pre procedure appointment, and the day of the procedure. We also verify it during the procedure itself again.
The Cost a Dimple Creation Surgery can vary between $2000-6000 depending on who you go to. This depends on where the procedure is done, the experience of the surgeon, whether they are doing a lot in a day to make up for the lower pricing, etc. We spend a little more time with our procedure and the set up for the procedure to ensure that the patient is going to be happy with the results. We tend to do fewer procedures in a day to concentrate on the individual’s outcome.
How is the Cheek Dimple Created? The dimple creation procedure can be done under local anesthesia in the office. A small incision is made inside the mouth and some tissue is removed at this site and then a suture is used to grasp the skin and then this sewn to the area of the incision that was made. There are many ways to make the dimple look differently depending on the preference of the patient and surgeon. The sutures inside the mouth dissolve on their own. The sutures on the outside can be dissolvable or not depending on the surgeon’s technique. Many surgeons do not have a suture on the outside. Prior to the procedure, we usually have the patient swish with an anti-bacterial mouthwash to keep the mouth clean before the procedure. You are usually prescribed antibiotics (orally) to take after the procedure, pain medications, and sometimes an anti-nausea medication. After the procedure, we usually tell you to keep swishing the mouth wash as before the procedure (in the morning upon awakening, after each meal, and right before bed time). The outside sutures are cleaned with a mixture of vinegar and water and we have a plastic surgery wound care page to help with this part of the after care.
Dimple Creation Recovery Photo Diary: Below are some after photographs to illustrate how the recovery progresses. The picture on the left is 3 days later; the right is 4 days later:
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Below is Day 7:
Below is Day 27:
Below are the before and afters already shown above, before the procedure and 29 days after the procedure from dimple creation:
If you are interested at anytime about scheduling an appointment you can email, call 425-990-3223 and even text message us at anytime. Click here if you would like to find out more about our consultation process. We can set up a phone consultation for you and show you how to take the 5 basic photos that you will need.
We want the best for you. Dr Young always maintains, as much as possible, an open door policy to help people. Even if you were to decide to go to another doctor for the same procedure, Dr Young would always welcome you to email or call our office anytime for help.