You could have them already- those two little dents where your lower back meets your buttocks, commonly known as ‘Venus dimples.’ But while many people probably have never given them more than a passing glance, Venus dimples are on track to be the number one new trend in plastic surgery for 2017, thanks to their increasing popularity from bikini shots of models and Instagram-celebrities like the Hadid sisters, Kylie Jenner and Miranda Kerr. We spoke to Henderson, Nevada plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell about this popular new procedure.
Venus dimples get their name from the Roman Goddess of Beauty. When naturally occurring, Venus dimples are two sagittally symmetrical indentations on the lower back that appear at the site of the two sacroiliac joints, where the sacrum and ilium of the pelvis connect. Venus dimples contain a channel of veins that is often used as a guide in spinal surgery- specifically in procedures to place sacral pedicle screws in the spine. They are also said to increase blood circulation in the pelvic area and are believed to enhance sexual pleasure in those who possess them.
But now there’s good news for women who don’t have Venus dimples, but would like to have them- there’s a trendy new plastic surgery procedure called the "V-spot treatment" that can create the look of these trendy dents- and women are paying up to $5,000 for it! Named for the diamond-shaped area of the lower back, the v-spot procedure uses a cannula to break up the fat on the lower back and basically carve the ‘v’ shape, and two indentations into the body, explains Mitchell. The broken-up body fat is then suctioned up by the cannula, and after about two weeks of minor pain and discomfort, even patients who weren’t born with Venus dimples can look like they were. According to Mitchell, recovery from the v-spot procedure is relatively easy.
"Patients who undergo v-spot surgery can expect some minor discomfort for the first few days following the surgery, and may find relief in wearing a compression garment during the first few weeks of recovery, but most pain generally subsides within a few days," Mitchell said.
The good news, and perhaps, for some, the bad news, is that Venus dimples are genetic- you either have them, or you don’t. For those who have them, they’re present no matter what shape you’re in- though carrying extra weight may make them harder to see. For those patients, a v-spot procedure can still help to make the Venus dimples more defined, so just because you already have them doesn’t mean you can’t make them deeper. For those looking to improve the appearance of their entire lower back area, according to Mitchell, v-spot surgery can be done at the time of other procedures, such as liposuction or the recent favorite, the Brazilian butt-lift.
"Venus dimples are an excellent add-on when you’re already looking for a sculpted appearance to the lower back, and they work well as a stand-alone procedure, too," Mitchell said. "And with very little downtime, there’s still plenty of time to have the look of a sculpted lower back, just in time for swimsuit season."