Cheeks

Cheek dimple surgery

What is it?

Cheek dimple surgery creates dimples by performing a simple procedure on the inside of the cheek. A natural dimple is the result of a small opening in the cheek muscle. It is a hereditary trait but it can be created using a simple surgical procedure. This type of surgery is increasingly popular.

What to expect

The procedure is done under local anaesthetic. Beforehand your surgeon will mark the area so you know where the dimple will appear. Surgery involves making a small opening inside the mouth and creating an opening in the muscle inside the cheek to create a natural-looking dimple. The inside of the cheek is closed with dissolvable stitches and because they are inside your mouth, there is no obvious sign of surgery.

What results can be achieved?

Dimples can accentuate a beautiful smile and, in many cultures, they are regarded as a sign of youth and beauty. Some people who are born with dimples see them diminish over the years as a result of skin, muscle and weight changes. Cheek dimple surgery can create or restore dimples to enhance your smile.

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Common risks

All surgery carries risks and cosmetic surgery is no exception. After surgery you are likely to experience:

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  • Swelling and bruising – your surgeon will advise you how long this will last based upon your individual procedure. In the case of facelifts, you may experience it in the neck and cheeks, along with a feeling of stiffness in the face.
  • Pain – this is not generally severe and can be controlled with over the counter painkillers.
  • Scarring – your surgeon will be careful to hide the scars away wherever possible, often behind the hairline or in front of the ear.
  • Numbness – this can take up to a year to disappear.
  • Dissolving skin stitches not holding properly – if this occurs the stitches may need to be removed under local anaesthetic.
  • Temporary or permanent hair loss – this can occur when hair follicles become stressed due to stiches or because of stretched scars in hair-bearing areas. Your surgeon will reduce tension on the skin before and during surgery to reduce the risk of hair loss.
  • Fluid under the skin – a build up of seroma under the skin can occur after surgery, although it is uncommon. It can be drained off using a fine needle and normally settles down after a couple of weeks.
  • Stitch granuloma – sometimes a tender lump or abscess can occur at the stitch site. This is more common where the skin is thinner, such as in front of or behind the ear. The stitch may need to be removed or it may be treated with antibiotics.
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Your surgeon will give you aftercare advice to help you to mitigate any symptoms and promote more rapid recovery.

More serious risks
The symptoms listed above are normally temporary or without serious consequences. There are some more serious risks associated with cosmetic surgery, which will be discussed with your surgeon as part of the initial consultation.

Buccal fat pad removal

What is it?

Buccal fat pad removal is a cosmetic procedure to slim the cheeks and bring more definition to the face.

What to expect

Buccal fat pads are walnut-sized fat deposits in the cheeks. Some people with large fat deposits have characteristic “chubby cheeks”. During this procedure, your surgeon will make small incisions on the inside of the cheek and remove excess buccal fat using an electro-cautery device. This helps to seal the blood vessels and prevent excessive bleeding. Dissolvable stitches are used to close the incisions.

The procedure is relatively straightforward and you should make a good recovery within three to five days.

What results can be achieved?

Buccal fat pad removal can help to create a slimmer, more defined facial profile, enhancing your cheekbones and helping to bring more shape to a round, full face.

Common risks

All surgery carries risks and cosmetic surgery is no exception. After surgery you are likely to experience:

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  • Swelling and bruising – your surgeon will advise you how long this will last based upon your individual procedure. In the case of facelifts, you may experience it in the neck and cheeks, along with a feeling of stiffness in the face.
  • Pain – this is not generally severe and can be controlled with over the counter painkillers.
  • Scarring – your surgeon will be careful to hide the scars away wherever possible, often behind the hairline or in front of the ear.
  • Numbness – this can take up to a year to disappear.
  • Dissolving skin stitches not holding properly – if this occurs the stitches may need to be removed under local anaesthetic.
  • Temporary or permanent hair loss – this can occur when hair follicles become stressed due to stiches or because of stretched scars in hair-bearing areas. Your surgeon will reduce tension on the skin before and during surgery to reduce the risk of hair loss.
  • Fluid under the skin – a build up of seroma under the skin can occur after surgery, although it is uncommon. It can be drained off using a fine needle and normally settles down after a couple of weeks.
  • Stitch granuloma – sometimes a tender lump or abscess can occur at the stitch site. This is more common where the skin is thinner, such as in front of or behind the ear. The stitch may need to be removed or it may be treated with antibiotics.
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Your surgeon will give you aftercare advice to help you to mitigate any symptoms and promote more rapid recovery.

More serious risks
The symptoms listed above are normally temporary or without serious consequences. There are some more serious risks associated with cosmetic surgery, which will be discussed with your surgeon as part of the initial consultation.

Plastic surgery alone cannot change your life but it can give you the confidence to make those changes for yourself.

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