LET'S DIVE INTO THE DIMPLE MAKER TREND
In the ever-evolving world of social media, trends come and go, capturing the attention of millions. One recent TikTok trend, however, has sparked concern within the plastic surgery community. The so-called “dimple maker” trend, where individuals use everyday items to create artificial dimples on their faces, has gained popularity on the platform. While TikTok is known for its light-hearted content, plastic surgeons are expressing serious reservations about the potential negative effects of this trend.
THE ALLURE OF DIMPLES
Dimples are often considered charming and endearing, with many people viewing them as a desirable facial feature. Traditionally, dimples are genetic and occur when a person’s facial muscles are shorter than usual, creating a visible indentation when they smile. However, the rise of the dimple maker trend on TikTok suggests a growing desire for these facial features.
PLASTIC SURGEONS WEIGHING IN
Plastic surgeons are voicing their concerns about the potential dangers associated with this trend. Attempting to create dimples at home using makeshift tools can lead to serious complications. Some of the key negative effects include:
- Infection and Scarring: Unsanitary tools and improper techniques increase the risk of infection and scarring. The skin is a delicate organ, and any puncture or manipulation should be done by trained professionals in a sterile environment to minimize the risk of complications.
- Nerve Damage: Creating dimples involves manipulating facial muscles, and inexperienced attempts can lead to nerve damage. Facial nerves are intricate and delicate. Any disruption can result in long-term consequences affecting facial expression and sensation.
- Asymmetry and Unintended Results: Achieving symmetrical dimples is challenging, even for trained surgeons. DIY attempts may result in uneven or asymmetrical dimples, leading to dissatisfaction and potential psychological distress.
- Psychological Impact: The pressure to conform to beauty standards promoted on social media platforms can have a profound impact on mental health. Individuals attempting to alter their appearance through DIY methods may experience disappointment and dissatisfaction, contributing to body image issues.
IMPORTANCE OF PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION
Plastic surgeons stress the importance of seeking professional advice before undergoing any cosmetic procedures. A qualified surgeon can assess an individual’s anatomy, discuss realistic expectations, and provide safe alternatives for achieving desired facial features.