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Dr. Barry Eppley

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Plastic Surgery’s Did You Know? The Anatomy of Cheek Dimples

Cheek dimples have been proven by anatomic studies to be the result of an underlying muscle defect or unique muscular anatomy. They occur because of a split or defect in the zygomaticus muscle which runs from the underside of the cheek bone down into the upper lips. While appearing as a slight indentation at rest, the act of smiling contracts the muscle and pulls the overlying skin inward deepening the dimple. This anatomic knowledge makes it possible to surgically create cheek dimples or help to make them less noticeable.

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Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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