Early this year, back Dimples or Venus dimples, which are indentations or “dimples” located at the lower back, became a trend. To achieve this sexy back look, people went through liposuction. The latest trend today, however, is Dimpleplasty.

In the past few years, dimpleplasty became increasingly popular among millennials. According to Dr. Wright Jones, a plastic surgeon in Atlanta, dimpleplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to create dimples in the face.

Dimples have been considered an attractive feature of a smile. It brings a sweet, youthful and innocent effect to those who have it.

Popular celebrities like Miranda Kerr, Ariana Grande, and Adam Levine are some of the people who are blessed to have dimples.

How dimples are formed

Dimples on the cheeks, as attractive as they are, are genetic abnormalities. Anatomically, dimples are caused by the facial muscle called the zygomaticus major. When the zygomaticus major is shorter than normal, it pulls the skin and forms an indentation.

“The fibrous connection causes a simple to become deeper and more visible when a person smiles, flexing the muscle,” says Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon in Michigan.

How dimpleplasty works

To create the appearance of dimples in the lower cheeks, a small incision is made inside the cheek, and a dissolvable suture is used to anchor the dimple into a proper location.

When the suture dissolves, scar tissue forms to hold the indentation, creating a dimple.

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and only uses local anesthesia. The procedure is only 30 minutes long and has a little downtime. According to Dr. Jones, the procedure could cost somewhere between $800 to $2,500 depending on the level of difficulty of the procedure.

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With these factors, it’s no wonder dimpleplasty is gaining popularity.

Risks of the procedure

Some British cosmetic surgery experts warn people not to get dimpleplasty because the long-term effects of the procedure are still unknown. As the skin ages and loses its elasticity, there is no telling how the scars will look as the face begins to droop, explained by the spokesperson of SurgiCare.

Other risks include deformities difficult to correct since there will be an incision in the facial muscle. Overly dramatic or unnatural dimples are also a risk, compared to natural dimples that appear prominently when people smile, designer dimples could appear even when the person is in a relaxed expression.