DPL Dimpleplasty Surgery
Procedure A dimpleplasty is performed through small cuts on the inside of the cheeks. The location is planned to lie under the outer eye (=lateral canthus) at the level of the mouth (=oral commissure). The undersurface of the cheek skin is sutured to the underlying cheek muscle (=buccinator muscle) with dissolving sutures. The wounds are repaired with dissolvable sutures which do not require removal. Soft food and mouth wash are advisable for one week.
Scars 5mm inside the cheek
Operation time 1 hour
Anaesthesia General > (Local)
Hospital Stay Day Surgery
Benefits Aesthetic, Psychological
Risks Bleeding, Infection, Scar problems, Wound separation, Slough, Necrosis, Pain, Nerve injury (Numbness, weakness, paralysis), Bruising, Swelling, Overcorrection, Undercorrection, Asymmetry, Dimple malposition, Dimple can disappear again, Aesthetic imperfections, Seroma, Cheek biting, Contour irregularities, Need for further surgery, Allergic reaction, (General anaesthetic procedures: Chest infection, Heart attack, Stroke, Blood clots in legs & lungs). N.B. Most complications are unlikely. Serious risks or death are rare
Risk factors Smoking / contraception / flights within 6 weeks of surgery, overweight, high blood pressure, bleeding tendency (Stop herbal products or supplements for two weeks before surgery), diabetes , poor oral hygiene
Optimising factors Diet rich in Vitamin C and protein, plenty of fluids, fresh air, sun protection, mouthwash, avoid smiling for 3 weeks
Discomfort 1 week
Bruising 2 - 3 weeks
Recovery Light activities and driving after 3-4 days, physical work & sports 4 weeks
Acceptable appearance 2 - 4 weeks for most patients (This is subjective)
Final result 6 - 18 months
Alternatives No Surgery, Make up

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