New Beauty Craze: A UK Woman Went Under The Knife To Get Dimples. But Is It Actually Safe?

December 3, 2018 13:02

Dimples are an uncommon and sought-after facial feature. Many people think dimples make your smile cuter and impart to your face an endearing and friendly look.

Some people are born with them, but what if nature didn’t give you dimples and you want them desperately? It turns out, there's a surgery — known as dimpleplasty — to get these cute little indentations on your cheeks. But is it worth it?

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Meet AJ, a woman who had dimpleplasty and has no regrets

Beauty blogger and mom AJ Weir had wanted dimples for a long time. She was ecstatic when she found out there’s a procedure to get dimples, but it wasn’t available in the UK, where AJ lives.

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The woman said:

For a long time, I wanted dimples. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I think they are really cute. If somebody has dimples, I will try to stick my finger in their face. It’s really weird, but I just love them. I see them as a sign of being cute.

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Once they started doing dimpleplasty in the UK, AJ went to a plastic surgeon and discussed the procedure in detail. Her husband and son didn’t like the idea of her having this surgery, but she went ahead with it. She said:

My husband and my son think I’m absolutely bonkers and I can understand that. I can agree that is unnecessary to an extent – it’s not going to make me more successful, but it was just something that I wanted.

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The procedure was performed under a local anesthetic, and AJ went straight home after it was finished. It didn’t look nice while the incisions were still healing.

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But when her face healed, AJ was quite satisfied with the result.

The woman appeared on The Doctors and said she had no regrets about the surgery. She showed how she looks when she’s smiling and when she has a straight face. And indeed, those surgically created dimples look quite subtle and natural.

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What is dimpleplasty and what are the risks associated with the procedure?

Dimpleplasty has been getting more and more popular ever since it became available. The procedure costs around $1,500, so you can say it’s relatively affordable.

Although the procedure is low-risk and simple, it’s best to think twice before you go under the knife to get dimples. Even people who perform dimpleplasties agree that it’s a fad sparked by social media.

Dr. Wright Jones, MD and founder of Muse Plastic Surgery, told People:

I think that our social media-driven culture is aiding to the demand. Our selfie-driven culture is likely contributing to why we are getting more dimpleplasty requests.

And it’s just one of the reasons to be cautious. The risk of complications after dimpleplasty is low, but it’s still there. Some possible complications following the procedure include the following:

  • bleeding at the site of the incisions;
  • damage to facial nerves;
  • infection;
  • scarring.

In any case, anyone who chooses to have this procedure regardless should heed the advice of Dr. Travis Stork, host of The Doctors: “Just make sure you go to someone who knows what they’re doing if you choose that.”

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