What causes Dimples and the effect

What causes Dimples in babies and adult and how people get it

Dimples are small dents most seen on the cheeks on either side of the mouth, but they can also appear on other parts of the body. Dimples are often considered a sign of beauty and youth. They are desired by both men and women. The dimples may be seen on both cheeks or only one cheek. Some people may have dimples on other parts of the body as well.

! What causes dimple?

Dimples are often hereditary. The genes that control dimple formation are often passed on from parent to child.

! Can dimples go away?

Sometimes, the excess fat at a site may cause dimples. These dimples are not permanent. They can be eliminated through proper diet and exercise. We often see newborns who have cheek dimples when they suckle milk. These dimples are also caused by the accumulation of fat in the baby’s cheeks. As babies grow, they lose their facial fat, and their dimples disappear. 

Ideally, a dimple that is genetically inherited will not completely disappear. It may, however, become less noticeable with age or drastic weight loss.

! Can you get a dimple artificially?

It is possible to get a dimple via cosmetic surgery. The procedure is called dimpleplasty not by Poking a newborn’s cheeks. 

The surgeon will mark an area on your face where the dimple is desired. This area is often found by asking the individual to suck in air and mark the point of greatest depression over the cheeks. Under local anesthesia, the surgeon makes a small cut over the inner side of the cheek corresponding to the mark on the outer surface. They then place self-dissolving stitches to fix the cheek muscle to the overlying skin. Over time, sutures dissolve and get absorbed. When the wound inside the cheek heals, the cheek muscle forms a scar-like attachment to the overlying skin. This creates a dimple when you smile. There is no cut or stitch on the face and you can go home the same day. The formation of dimples depends on your healing process and may take a few weeks to form completely.

Credits to Dr. Esther Oluwadeyi
ATG Group

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