Yes, it is possible for your dimples to go away, especially if your parents do not have dimples. We often see newborn babies having dimples as they suckle milk. Dimples in babies are caused by the accumulation of the baby fat in their cheeks. As the babies grow, they lose their facial fat, and their dimples disappear. At times, children do not have dimples at birth but develop them later in childhood. In some people, dimples last only until adolescence or young adulthood and later fade away once the muscle grows fully. Ideally, a genetically inherited dimple does not completely disappear. It may become less noticeable as the person ages or undergoes a drastic weight loss.
How are dimples formed?
Dimples are actually a result of developmental variation in the facial muscle called the zygomaticus major. This muscle runs from your cheekbone to the corner of the mouth. The muscle moves when you smile. Now, in individuals with dimples, the belly of the zygomaticus major muscle is divided into two separate bundles of muscle. One bundle connects below the corner of the mouth. The other bundle connects at the corner of the mouth. The movement of the skin over this divided muscle causes a dimple in your face. The reason for this variation lies in the person’s genes. It is passed on from either parent to the child.
Can you get a dimple through cosmetic surgery?
It is possible to get a dimple through cosmetic surgery. The procedure is called dimpleplasty and may cost you around $1500 depending on the doctor and hospital charges. The procedure is done under local anesthesia. 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, suture dissolves and gets 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. The entire procedure takes around 30 minutes. 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 takes a few weeks to form completely.
The procedure is relatively safe but irreversible. Hence, you must always think twice before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.
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