How Can My Cheek Dimples Be Fixed?


Q: Dr. Eppley, My problem is quite complex. I had a dimpleplasty last December and I was told it would take about 2 months for the dimple to flatten. I have waited 4 months so I had the Dr remove the retention stitch which he said would flatten my cheek. After 2 months it didn’t happen so I had a a buccal muscle closure…. It’s been 5 weeksnd no improvement. My surgeon says he’s out of ideas and there nothing more he can do..I am devastated with these two horrible indentations and would do anything to have my face back. I hope I can hear from you with great news.

A: I am assuming by your description that you have a cheek dimpleplasty to try and reduce/eliminate your cheek dimples as opposed to a dimpleplasty to create them. Both surgical efforts appears by your description to be done close the soft tissue defect/herniation below the dimple and nothing else was added. If this is an accurate interpretation on my part, my suggestion at this point is to add volume either through fat injections or a dermal-fat graft. Given the scar that is there now and the refractory nature of your cheek indentations, I would have more confidence in dermal-fat grafts at this point.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana