If you weren’t blessed by those adorable cheek indentations that give celebrities like Mario Lopez, Jennifer Garner and Miranda Kerr an eternally youthful and welcoming smile, you can now have them made in just under an hour. Dimpleplasty is a simple outpatient procedure that takes about 30 minutes and is gaining popularity as more and more patients are undergoing cosmetic procedures to get the features they’ve always wanted.
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Sugar Land, TX, plastic surgeon Peter Chang, MD, says he is now performing four times as many dimpleplasty procedures as he used to just a few years ago. “Everyone in Hollywood has them and everyone wants them,” adds Dr. Chang. “I make a tiny incision inside the patient’s cheek, remove a small piece of cheek muscle and attach the reaming muscle to the underside of the skin, which leaves a permanent indentation, creating the dimple. It requires local anesthetic, takes about 30 minutes with just a little bit of swelling after.”
Patient Rafael Gonzalez before and after the dimple creation procedure.
For Dr. Chang’s patient, 50-year-old Rafael Gonzalez, it took some time to decide to undergo a dimpleplasty, but it’s a decision he says he doesn’t regret. “I had considering it for about a year before I had the procedure,” says Gonzalez. “I had recently become single and I really wanted to give the effects of having a smile. Now, I can give just a small smile and the dimples make it look like I’m really smiling.”
Gonzalez says he wasn’t prepared for how one small facial tweak could make a huge difference in how people respond to him. “I knew it would have an effect, but I had no idea. I definitely get a lot more compliments and attention now. Every single woman says the same thing, it’s the first thing they compliment me on, they love the dimples.”
The procedure can cost anywhere from $2,000–$5,000 and prices vary depending on your geographical location and the experience and training of your surgeon. “It was only about $2,000 and it was a no-brainer. It took less than an hour and I had very minimal swelling afterward,” says Gonzalez. “It’s made a drastic difference in my life, and I always tell people it’s the best $2,000 I’ve ever spent.”
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