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Are Dimples Defects?

Asked by maybe_KB (669points) October 3rd, 2008

Is it true that it’s a disorder?
what about a birth mark?
I’m not too concerned about birth-marks as I am Dimples. I was told I have a face defect…WHAT!?

Note: I asked Jeeves before posting this Q:
I found a couple of sites that had a lot of [][][][][][][] & symbols.
The other did not look reputable.
I always thought dimples were cool.

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shrubbery's avatar

I’m pretty sure dimples are a recessive gene.
A birth mark? Not sure, sorry.

edit :: my bad, they’re a dominant gene, not recessive. oops. sorry.

gailcalled's avatar

Google “dimples.” 10 pages and counting.

gailcalled's avatar

“Dimples are genetically inherited and are a dominant trait.

“Anatomically, dimples may be caused by variations in the structure of the facial muscle known as zygomaticus major. Specifically, the presence of a double or bifid zygomaticus major muscle may explain the formation of cheek dimples. This bifid variation of the muscle originates as a single structure from the zygomatic bone. As it travels anteriorly, it then divides with a superior bundle that inserts in the typical position above the corner of the mouth. An inferior bundle inserts below the corner of the mouth.

Dimples are considered attractive in some cultures”

From Wikipedia.

shrubbery's avatar

I used to have two dimples, but grew out of one. I’ve still got one on my left cheek. I hope that the culture they are referring to is ours, that would be nice :P
Thing is, no one else in my family has them. How does that work if it’s a dominant gene? Shouldn’t my mum or dad have them?

fireside's avatar

Oooohh I think Gail just said you have an inferior bundle!

gailcalled's avatar

Don’t ask me. I am no geneticist. Do the research, I guess. See Kirk Douglass for the win

shrubbery's avatar

Haha I can’t believe you just said ftw. I left my bio book at school. I’ll have come back to this!

gailcalled's avatar

@Shrubbery: Why?

maybe_KB's avatar

Do you have dimples?

shrubbery's avatar

I don’t know really, it just amuses me. It’s just a slang term that isn’t really proper English, I suppose, so it just surprised me that you would say it :P

maybe_KB's avatar


Hey, What about the butt?
Wiki didn’t say anything about butt dimples.
And I’ve seen them TOO!

gailcalled's avatar

It’s an expression that has been around for a very long time.

eambos's avatar

I’ve got a dimple on my left, but not the right. I think it gives me some character.

chyna's avatar

I think dimples are cute. I would never look at Jennifer Garner and think she had a defect.

SuperMouse's avatar

My six year-old’s dimple adds to his cuteness, I would never in a million years call it a defect!

poofandmook's avatar

@gail: it’s become a phrase used heavily in geekspeak, or “h4×0rz” if you will. But it’s always abbreviated “ftw”

gailcalled's avatar

—Poof; that’s why I wrote the complete phrase—
—Translate h4xOrz for me please.

gailcalled's avatar

Poof; I retract the question. I just looked it up. TMI

poofandmook's avatar

Note: I don’t agree with it, but I can read/type it easily. I just wanted to explain why she was shocked that you said it… because younger people know it as geekspeak only :)

gimmedat's avatar

I have one dimple, on my right cheek. I have to admit, it bummed me out when I saw, “genetic defect.” I love dimples! Only one of my kiddos has a dimple, and I can’t tell you how often I ask him to smile just to see it! I would say, no, not a genetic defect, just the mark of where one has been kissed by an angel!

fireside's avatar

Tyra Banks doesn’t seem too concerned about her butt dimples.

gailcalled's avatar

The father and one of the brothers of one of the Fluther gods had (has) an adorable dimple in one cheek.

gailcalled's avatar

I just enlarged a picture of Ben, and I clearly see a dimple on his right cheek also in spite of the beard.

andrew's avatar

Ahem. Make that both founders. We’re both defective. Thank you very much.

krose1223's avatar

(Since birthmarks were mentioned I’d just like to throw this in there) I’m pretty sure I have the worlds biggest birthmark. It starts on my ankle and goes to up my leg and onto my back… I used to think it went all the way up to my forehead. (I finally had to have someone tell me where it ended. I couldn’t ever get a good look in the mirror) I have one there too… also on my neck, but I’m thinking it’s connected. I’m like a freaking pinto! I like it though… I hated it when I was younger because kids always asked what was wrong with my leg or if I had cancer, but I’ve grown to love it and show it off. Anyone know what the world record is? Maybe I should go for it.

gailcalled's avatar

@Andrew; so, you’re ready for your close-up now?

asmonet's avatar

@krose1223: My sister had one that sounds like it could be the same it’s a very very rare birthmark similar to a mole from what we were told, in time it diminished considerably, it was from her big toe to her shoulder, a long line of raised, rough, darker skin. No she just has little patches of it scattered along the original line. Similar to yours?

dimples2201's avatar

my mother and father has dimples and my mom has ten children and all of us has dimples . And it is very very cute

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