Are Dimples a Birth Defect?


Dimples are visible indentations of the skin, caused by underlying flesh, which form on some people’s cheeks – especially when they smile (according to wikipedia). Dimples are usually found on both cheeks. A rarer form is the single dimple, which occurs on one side of the face only. Anatomically, dimples may be caused by variations in the structure of the facial muscle known as zygomaticus major. Dimples are not always apparent at rest, since muscles are typically in their shortened state at rest. In the face, shorter face muscles pull at the skin, especially when someone smiles, creating a classic dimple.

Dimples are the visible indentations in facial skin that are either permanently present on cheeks or chin, or appear temporarily while a person speaks or smiles. Dimples are one of the most dominant facial traits.
Generally, dimples are present or appear on both cheeks, but sometime, a rare form of single dimple appears on one cheek. It is believed that dimples are genetically inherited. Studies have found that the parents having dimples give birth to children having dimples.

Anatomically, dimples are caused by the facial muscle called zygomaticus major. Dimples are caused when your facial muscle – zygomaticus major, is shorter than normal; it pulls on your skin and forms the indentation in your facial skin. Cheek dimples are formed by the double or bifid zygomaticus major muscle.

Sometimes, dimples are also caused due to the presence of excessive fat on your face. These dimples are not permanent. They vanish away when the excessive fat goes away. Such dimples are not indicators good health. These dimples can be eliminated through proper diet and exercise.

Dimples are also linked with youth. Some children and youngsters show dimples in tender age, but their dimples disappear when they grow old.


Cheryl Cole Has Beautiful Dimples. Dimples are usually considered as attractive feature of facial beauty. The women and girls with dimples are often considered hot and sexy. An internet survey has shown that the women celebrities having dimples on their cheeks are one of the most hotly searched celebrities on World Wide Web. According to the survey, celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Pretty Zinta are hotly pursued just because of the dimples of their cheeks.

Dimples have always been appreciated in feminine beauty. Definitely, dimples are good when they are natural or inborn, but they could be indicators of bad health, when they appear due to excessive fat on your face.

The genetics of dimples is actually rather interesting. Dimples are a dominant trait, which means that it only takes one gene to inherit dimples. If neither of your parents have dimples, you shouldn’t have them either, unless you experience a spontaneous mutation. If one of your parents have dimples, you have a 25-50% chance of inheriting the gene, since it means that parent inherited the gene from one or both parents. If both of your parents have dimples, you have a 50-100% chance of inheriting the gene, depending on how they inherited their dimple genes. That means that if I marry a woman with dimples, my kids have a pretty darn good shot at being cooler than your kids. Oh, did I say that?

It has been noted in several studies that some cultures tend to prefer dimples on one’s cheek, as it is purported to be a sign of attractiveness. Dimples may also play a role in sexual selection. Most dimples are actually caused by a birth defect, which just goes to show you that not all “malformations” are actually bad. So, are dimples really a sign of attractivenes? That brings a famous saying to mind: “Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder”. But lets face it – that saying doesn’t apply here…dimples are adorable! I do not mind having dimples, not one bit! Since I absolutely HATE to gloat, I wont rub it in anymore for those folks without dimples. NOT! God loves me more, that’s the only explanation!


Smiling IS my Favorite!
My dimples are usually the first thing that people say they notice about me – since I am usually smiling, that would make sense. My dimples are a part of my identity; they are a part of who I am. Luckily for me, I like to smile (Smiling is my Favorite) – could you imagine if I rarely every smiled? What a waste of a fantastic gift from above! Well, since I have dimples, I might as well use them, right?

What do you think? Do you find dimples attractive? Or is that just an old wives tale?

25 comments:

  1. angelina jolie does not have dimples. i see no lines on the side of her face, there just smile lines

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  3. I love my dimples but i can't stand that i'm another kid with a birth defect!!! when i go to school people always try to touch my dimples!! my dimples are the first thing my schoolmates notice!!!

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    1. I hated my dimples as an adolescent.Everyone always wanted to stick their fingers in them. Once i got to high school and college they became the cutest thing.I always always smile. It's my favorite thing too!!

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  4. Dimples are actually caused by the imperfections in our genetic trait. They are the results by shortened facial muscles. News Health Today

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  7. Got jux one and none of my parents have a dimple

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    1. everyone in my family has dimples except me

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  11. I have one dimple on my right cheek. Just one.

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  12. I have one dimple on my right cheek which appears very rarely . So very few ppl can notice it . The funny thing is my bf has dimple just like me, only one on right cheek which no one can notice right away. I love the fact that we both have it same way !!!

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  13. I have dimples on both cheeks. The gene comes from my dad although neither parent has them. My step brother has them although his mom does too and one of my two younger siblings (born of the same parents as me) also has dimples. My youngest sister didn't get the dimples. Mine, my big brother, & my little sister's dimples are deep we are all noted for having beautiful smiles. I too LOVE to smile. When I was a little girl my grandmother used to tell me to smile and my dimples would get deeper. Well being grown now I know that's not true. We were just blessed to have deep beautiful cheek holes that make us some cutie smiley people.

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  14. I have a dimple on one side and two on the other, I was adopted so I don't know if my parents have them but I've never seen anyone with three dimples, is it birth defect then? Btw I LOVE this post, laughed so hard while reading the end.

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  15. Neither of my parents have dimples
    But my little brother and i have them

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  16. Just because it's not the norm doesn't mean it's a defect. Not everyone is meant to be the same.

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  18. I don't know if my dimple is geneticly or if it's excessive fat

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