Why Do I Only Have One Dimple?
Dimples. You either love them or you hate them. Those naturally blessed with dimples may have two in their cheeks or simply one; it could even be on your chin.
The presence of dimples in babies right through to adults, is considered to be 'cute', any many women are classified as glamorous simply because of their dimples, particularly when they are smiling.
People who are not born with dimples often seek out alternative measures to acquire them. Not surprisingly, there cosmetic procedures available to achieve this look, and non invasive exercises that one can do, albeit temporary.
Have you ever wondered why some people only have one dimple and not two?
What Is A Dimple?
Dimples are believed to be an inherited facial feature, that are either permanently present on one's cheeks or chin, or appear temporarily while a person speaks or smiles. Anatomically, dimples are formed when one of your facial muscles is shorter than normal and it pulls on your skin and forms the indentation in your skin.
Sometimes, dimples are also caused due to the presence of excessive fat on your face. In this instance, these dimples are not permanent. Dimples are also linked with youth. Some babies and children have dimples but they disappear when they grow old as their facial muscles develop.
Dimples are usually considered an attractive feature of facial beauty.
Did You Know
In some cultures, a dimple is considered a sign of good luck and prosperity.
Dimples - When They Just Appear
Why Do You Have Only One Dimple?
Everyone has a face that is different and no one has a symmetrical face. Each side of our face is different from small features right up to the way our eyes are positioned, facial blemishes and even complexion.
It is only a natural conclusion then that having only one dimple is an occurrence that is common and very normal.
You may have noticed babies who are born with dimples. In some cases they gradually disappear as the child grows because facial muscles grow and when it comes to its normal size one or both dimple may have actually vanished.
Some people may have only one dimple, but not on their cheek. On their chin. This is called a cleft chin. This is not hereditary but is a result of the incomplete merging of the left and right halves of the lower jaw during embryological development.
Is There A Cosmetic Procedure To Get Dimples?
Yes, there is. Dimpleplasty (dimple-plasty).
Plastic surgeons typically perform this procedure right in their office inside of one hour. They make small incisions inside the cheek and stitches (or sutures) are then used to create the desired dimple.
These dimples are permanent. At first there is a dimple even without smiling, but after the skin has settled, taking a few days to a few weeks) the dimple becomes more natural and only appears when you smile or move your face in a particular way.
Interestingly, this is potentially reversible.
How To Get Dimples Naturally
It is impossible to naturally create true dimples. If cosmetic surgery is not an option, you can always attempt to mimic the appearance of dimples through facial exercises. It will help create the look of dimples, albeit temporary ones.
- Pucker your lips (like a fish) and suck in your cheeks.
- Keep your lips closed.
- Place your finger on the indentations in your cheeks; press and hold.
- Keeping your fingers in the same spots, gradually ease your expression until you are smiling.
- The location of your fingers is where your dimples would be if they naturally appeared.
- Press your fingers firmly with your fingertips for temporary dimples then release.
- For longer lasting 'temporary dimples', continue to press for 30 minutes or more.
- Repeat this 30 minute exercise daily basis for several weeks.
Note there is no scientific evidence to suggest this works.
Will having a dimple change your life, give you greater confidence or bring you better luck? What are your thoughts on dimples and would you ever consider cosmetic surgery to add a dimple to your cheek if you only had one?
Jennifer Shabalala on May 20, 2020:
I have only one dimple on my left cheek
Ayooo on February 13, 2019:
I have 2 dimples one on my left and the other on my right. the one on my right is where you usually see dimples and the one on my left is kinda close to my mouth.
Natalie on October 21, 2018:
Mine is on my left cheek.
Camren on June 14, 2018:
I'm reading all the comments of people who have only one dimple and their all saying its on their right check. Mine is on my left check, wow i feel so lonely lol
just ugly guy on June 07, 2018:
i have dimple on my right cheeks but am i ugly??? sad*
Pet Fox :D on May 19, 2018:
HA! Noobs :p I didnt know just how WANTED my dimples are xD
Dahiana on May 05, 2018:
I only have one dimple on the right side of my cheek. It is very cute when I smile, every time I get new followers on Instagram bc of my dimple
Rimpi Saini on March 01, 2018:
I have a dimple on my right cheek and I have only one dimple....I love it...and I think it's lucky....
wyclifsmith on January 28, 2018:
My girl lover told me dat
having one dimple is asign ov un trustworth!!!!!!!"" For she has two!!!!"
on January 07, 2018:
I have a dimple on my right chin and it was always a problem for me but now I see it as a unique thing about me
Unknown on January 07, 2018:
I have one dimple on my right side and I love it! it makes me feel so unique and different
Makenna on December 04, 2017:
I️ have a deep one only on my right side. I️ always wanted to tell someone about it but never mind.
Hannah on November 17, 2017:
I have one on my left cheek. I always hated it because I thougt it made me look fat but after reading this I kind of love it now :)
jasmine on October 24, 2017:
I used to have two when I was a infant and toddler when I got about 7 I only had 1 the n when I turned 8 I had 2 then when I turned 9 I had 1 and now I'm 11 about to be 12 and I still have 1 omgg need both of them
Destinee on September 03, 2017:
I have two dimples on my right side and none on my left :)
Sarah on February 19, 2017:
One dimple, right cheek. I call it my good side and make sure it shows up in photographs.
Estelle on December 12, 2016:
I have on deep dimple on my right cheep and I love it. It makes me unique.
jessie on July 17, 2016:
I only hav one dimple....but its on my right..but i appreciate that im not the only one. Now i know that there ar millions i can count on... Ur article is amazing it has great information for many people.
lakshmi on June 26, 2016:
I have left check dimple is good are lucky but people admire more they love to see me for hours. recently a small dimple inon chin.
Erika on March 15, 2016:
I have one on my right check and its so cute I love dimples
Marica on September 06, 2015:
I have one dimple too .. :) mines on the left and I have a tiny one on the right above my lip at the side
Amelia Whelan on July 13, 2015:
I read that a single dimple on one cheek is a rare phenomenon. I have one on my left cheek and I'm proud! XD
Blossy on March 26, 2015:
I have one dimple and people always say it makes my smile more noticeable
AnswerQuestions (author) on February 22, 2015:
I think dimples are very cute.
AnswerQuestions (author) on February 22, 2015:
hi on January 24, 2015:
i have a dimple on my right cheek and i like it but i wish i could have two dimples.
Zafi on January 19, 2015:
I have a dimple right below my eye on my right side cheek and I think it's cute. ( not to brag ) but I really like it
Steph on January 08, 2015:
My one dimple isn't even on my cheek or chin, it is below my mouth on the left about halfway between the corner of my mouth and the middle. It only shows up when I smile and I don't think it's cute at all, most people don't notice it's there though.
DDDD on November 27, 2014:
I have one small dimple in my right cheek just below my mouth when i smile,i love it but sometimes i envy the people who have one/two big dimple(s) exactly on their cheeks. But i wouldn't trade mine for no dimples at all ❤
makayla on November 03, 2014:
I love my dimples, bit whenever I smile they kill my cheeks lol.
Bethany on July 09, 2014:
I have one dimple on my right cheek, and I have a daughter who has one on her left cheek. People always comment on how cute it is(:
Anonymous on June 20, 2014:
Dimples are cute, I have one dimple on my right cheek and people say I'm really cute!
Frankie Ramirez on May 06, 2014:
I hate my dimple but girls love it and now I love it because it gets me girls ;)
Soundarya on March 26, 2014:
Dimples looks very cute on our face. I am sad about one thing that I don't have dimple on my face. so please send some more tips to get dimple.....................................................;
Sara on February 24, 2014:
I have no dimples but I don't care
Andrea on February 16, 2014:
I have one dimple on my left cheek and I love it! I wish I had 2 sometimes, but my left one is so deep and noticeable I always take pictures on my left side.
Will on February 02, 2014:
I have one dimple on my left cheek, I use to have two but the right one became less visible as I got older. People don't seem to notice mine though and certainly never say anything about the one. Still I like it a lot it better than having two
roselyn on January 17, 2014:
I hv one dimple on my right cheek and it makes me feel very special
Anna on November 25, 2013:
I have one on my left cheek also, Id prefere two but I don't really care. Better one then none, I get complements on it all the time :D People at school do call me out about having only one though hehe (I can't say I don't like the attention)
Dlahny on August 12, 2013:
@Krystal I have a very deep dimple on my left cheek as well, sometimes I wish I could have another dimple but then I love just having one cause its unique and I think its cute! Yes I get called out on mine a lot and I love it :)
Krystal on July 22, 2013:
I only have one dimple on my left cheek and I LOVE IT. I've seen girls with two, but honestly I just love having one because it's like best of both worlds. I always get called out on my dimple because its so deep while the other is hardly visible. Definitely wouldn't have it any other way.
Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 05, 2013:
Since I have two dimples, I had to read your hub. Very interesting. I never knew that people would undergo surgery just to have them!
FullOfLoveSites from United States on May 31, 2013:
Despite that a few people hate it, a dimple is one birth defect that many people wish to have. They even undergo surgery just to have it. Thanks for your informative hub. :)
Julia Jillian on May 22, 2013:
@jenisa better to have one on your cheek, than four. I have one above my upper lip and two deep ones above my chin, plus one on my cheek. Also I have back dimples.
Jenisa on May 11, 2013:
I have one dimple and I HATE it. Everyone always says its cute but I hate that's there's only one! How can I get rid of the dimple??!! (With out surgery or anything too extreme)