Dimples: All You Should Know About The Genetic Defect

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People love dimples because it is always seen as an extra to one’s beauty.

According to Genetic Australia, shortened facial muscles that cause dimples are actually genetic defects.

Which means that when a person smiles, the shorter muscle on the face pulls up the skin causing a dimple. Dimples usually happen on both cheeks, but a single indentation on one cheek is rare.

This facial muscle is called zygomaticus major. This malformation is caused by a fault in the subcutaneous connective tissue that develops in the course of embryonic development.
It is not apparent when the muscle is at rest but when the muscles are stretched; it pulls on the facial skin and forms the depression.

Sometimes, dimples can be caused by the presence of excess fat on the face.

Although this type vanishes when the excess fat is burnt off, it is not an indicator of good health and can be eliminated through proper diet and exercise.

Genetic Australia further explains that if both the parents have dimples, the children have 50-100 percent chances of inheriting dimple genes.

If only one parent has dimple genes, the chances of the children inheriting the genes are 50 percent. If neither of the parents has the dimple genes, their children will not have dimples.

Interestingly, this genetic malformation is greatly admired by people and you may have probably tried to create one on your cheek by pressing your pencil deep into your face.

Fans of this dent have tried to use makeup to create an impression that they have dimples. Some have even tried plastic surgery.

For people who love dimples, it is a huge turn on for them; it is popularly associated with youth and can sometimes aid sexual attractiveness.

One might just conclude that some defects are blessings in disguise.