What Chin Surgery Technique or Implant is Used to Create a Dimple in the Middle of the Chin?

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Chin dimple

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A chin dimple is created by an internal suture. The incision is made in the mucosa or internal portion of the lower lip. It is not performed via liposuction or an external incision. There was demand for this procedure about 20 years ago but it is not popular at this time.

Creating chin dimple

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A chin dimple is created by removing tissue from the chin area, then suturing a divot of tissue out from where the dermis has been thinned.  A surgically created dimple will never look as good as a natural congenital dimple.  

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Dimple

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The creation of a chin dimple is performed to mimick how a natural, congenital one would be created.  Typically, this does not require any external or visible incisions.  A small portion of the underlying muscle and fat is removed and a dimple is created by sutures.  Initially, overcorrection is needed as the dimple can loosen as it heals. 

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chin Dimples Are Created By Soft Tissue Removal

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The creation of a chin dimple must be differentiated from that of a chin cleft. A dimple is a central circular indentation in the middle of the chin pad. It is not created through any use of an implant or bone removal but rather from the removal of a circular core of muscle and fat underneath the desired dimple area. This is done through an incision inside the mouth. The underside of the skin is then sutured down closer to the bone after some of the intervening soft tissues have been removed. I use a special bone anchor to pull the new dimple inward to hold it into place as it heals. Overcorrection is always done as there will be some lessening of the depth of the dimple afterwards as the tissues heal.

Chin dimple

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Creating dimples is not accurate.

To create a dimple by superficial liposuction, results are variable. Correction of unwanted results need fat transfer.


Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

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