Cheek dimple creation was one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgery treatments in 2016 in the U.K., according to data released by WhatClinic.com.
It trailed only the mini facelift as the second fastest growing cosmetic surgery trend, with an 82% increase in inquiries, according to WhatClinic, a global healthcare comparison website where consumers compare and review clinics and prices. The data is based on patient inquiries for cosmetic surgery procedures made to 1,132 U.K. clinics listed on the site from January 2014 to January 2015, compared to inquiries from January 2015 to 2016.
Andrew Sidebottom, BDS, FDSRCS, MBChB, FRCS (OMFS), a consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Nottingham, UK, tells Cosmetic Surgery Times that requests for dimple creation are increasing as patients become aware the option is available.
“It is popular in the Indian subcontinent and hence patients with those origins are more aware of its availability,” Dr. Sidebottom says. “Different patients have different wants. Most would like an appearance only on animation. This is not possible in the short term, and it takes time to explain this. Also the appearance will change a lot in the first weeks and even up to one year.”
Anindya Lahiri, FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) (Plast), a consultant plastic surgeon at hospitals in Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and Solihull, UK, tells Cosmetic Surgery Times that while there is an increase in the inquiries for and the number of cheek dimple procedures, overall, the numbers are small.
“Many patients bring photographs of celebrities [or] models with dimples, to show what kind of look they wish to achieve. There is a wide variation in the requests. Some wish for only one; some for both cheeks; occasionally, [there is] a request for a particular shape,” Dr. Lahiri says.
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