If you thought stick-on freckles were bad enough, brace yourself: the latest way people are changing their natural facial features is with surgery to create dimples.
It’s called dimpleplasty.
Most people would agree that dimples are attractive – cases in point: Harry Styles, Miranda Kerr and Ariana Grande – but having them artificially created is a drastic step to take.
“The reason some people have dimples and others don’t is that they are born with a tight connection between the facial muscles and skin, while others just don’t have this kind of anatomy,” New York plastic surgeon Darren Smith told Allure magazine.
And apparently dimpleplasty is on the rise amongst millennials.
In less than half an hour, you too could have a doctor create holes in your cheeks.
According to Wright Jones, a plastic surgeon from Atlanta, the main reason dimpleplasty is so popular is because of the “little downtime, enhancement of facial aesthetics, and lack of need for general anesthesia.”
He says requests for the procedure from millennials have almost tripled over the last few years.
In order to create the fake dimples, surgeons create an incision inside a patient’s mouth, “where a defect is created in the cheek muscle, known as the buccinator,” according to Jones.
“The muscle is then attached to the undersurface of the skin so that the dimples are seen upon animation, but not when the face is relaxed.”
What a surprise everyone will get when you smile and BAM! You suddenly have dimples.
But only for one to two months, mind. They’re semi-permanent. Oh, and you’ll suffer from some swelling and soreness too. And possibly deformity that’s difficult to correct.
So just how much do you have to pay for the pleasure?
Prices vary from person to person based on difficulty, but you’re looking at between $800 (£615) and $2,500 (£1,920).
It’s a lot to spend on temporary holes in your cheeks.
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