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Why Do Some People Have Dimples and Others Don't


There is something about a dimple in someone's smile that can make people of either gender swoon. Obviously you can't make yourself have a dimple if you weren't born with one. But if you've ever wished that you could, it might have occurred to you to wonder how those lucky cuties got their dimples in the first place. The answer is fairly simple: it's all in the genes.

There's just something in the genetic makeup that determines whether or not you might get dimples. The dimple gene is a dominant gene so if which means that if one of your parents has dimples then you probably got them as well. It's simply a hereditary thing that is passed down from generation to generation.

If you're thinking to yourself that you know someone who has dimples but there aren't any other dimples in the family, there could be several reasons. Some of the major reasons that a person might develop dimples when their parents don't have them include:

  • Genes are funny. Usually we can tell from our genetic makeup which traits we're going to get and which we aren't. However, there are lots of genes that skip generations so it's possible that someone back down the line had those dimples and you're just the lucky one in the bunch that was next to get the gene.
  • Your parents' dimples faded over time. The dimples in the face frequently change over time as a result of changes that occur throughout the body. Muscles are developed and loosened. Fat in the face changes the shape of your cheeks. And dimples may disappear as you grow up. Scour your parents' old baby photos to see if there was a hint of dimple in there that you didn't know about before.
  • Your dimples are a result of the unique shape of your face. In some cases, the dimple is less of a genetic thing than it is an anatomical thing. Yes, it's passed down just like the rest of your body features. But there are some cases where the way that certain facial muscles form causes dimples.

It should be noted that there are different types of dimples which may form on the face. Most commonly, people with dimples have one dimple in each cheek which is visible when they smile. In some cases, the dimples are so poignant that they are visible even when the individual is not smiling. In other instances, the person may actually have only one dimple. In addition to the one-or-two cheek dimples, there is also the possibility that you will develop a dimple in your chin. This is more rare than cheek dimples and may not be the kind of cute feature you wish you inherited but it's something that you can see on people if you start looking around.

Just like the rest of our facial features, dimples come from our parents and their parents before them. If you love the ones that you have, you can thank the genes. If you wish that you had them, blame your parents.

What does everyone thing: are dimples "cute"?


Msk...Mac on April 19, 2016:

I have four dimples too. Which is somewhat rare, one on both my cheeks and the two on my chin you can only see the fourth one if I really smile! Anyway i like having dimples I got free ice cream once because of it! And I get called cute on a reg...sooo yeah it's pretty sweet

RickyB86 on October 03, 2015:

I've got two, and as a guy, the attention everytime i smile never gets old.

Genesis on April 18, 2015:

I don't got dimples is sad I wish I did

Nena g on February 09, 2015:

I hate my dimples I have 8. 6 on my face and 2 on my back I literally think I'm deformed because my parents don't have any

mia on February 06, 2015:

I have dimples on both of my cheeks and I love them I look extra ordinarily cuteeee..........

bryzen on November 02, 2014:

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my friends and my instructor tell me that i am cute when i am smiling.... so that having a dimples are nice bec. its one of asset to us...

kags on October 08, 2014:

dimples are nice

someone on February 21, 2013:

That's cool. I wish I had a dimple. ):

Anzal on February 20, 2013:

I have a dimple on my face it looks wierd on November 28, 2012:

l have dimple

alsss on April 25, 2012:

im rare i have 1 dimple in one cheek (not on the other) and one on top of my lip when i smile!

buddy on April 19, 2012:

Dimples are sweet &


Traci tray on April 17, 2012:

I just wanted to say I have three sets of dimples on each cheek I don't know how that's possible but It depends on my smile if I smile with my eyes close they appear on the high part of my cheek bone, if I do a soft smile they appear below the cheek bone & if I press my lips together they show up in the corners of my mouth

alee on March 16, 2012:

I wish I had dimples cause they r so cute

apy on March 12, 2012:

my mom has dimples and i dnt

tommy howells girl on March 03, 2012:

i wish i had dimples.......thanks a lot mom! i got your dominat genes!!!!

essencereid on February 12, 2012:

i was born with dimples on my shoulders

esha on January 25, 2012:

I want dimples desp

shreya on January 15, 2012:

can we make dimple

Kara on January 14, 2012:

Wowwwwww, I'm 24 & I have a dimple in each cheek, I always get compliments...I get ppl tht wants to poke their fingers in my dimple..I'm like okkkkk their only dimples lol ... Thanks dad ;)

toriii on January 13, 2012:

Dimpless are sooo ckute I have a light one on my right cheek and one on my chin I wish the one on my chin would fade awayy and my cheak dimple I got it by pressing on my cheek I'm not naturally dimpled only on my chin uhg try to poke ur cheek for a week and maybe ittll becum light like mine

Tiffany on January 07, 2012:

I've always had dimples since I was born... one on each cheek... my left cheek dimple is so much deeper! It only appears when I'm smiling or eating I love them :)

veena , INDIA on December 24, 2011:


Danniale on December 15, 2011:

I have ONE dimple on my cheek and one on my chin, its pretty annoying:/

mary on December 02, 2011:

i am 19 and i have 1 lovely dimple on my left cheek. if i marry to someone whit dimple on his right cheek, it can possible that my child have 2 dimples!!!???

who know this?

Michelle on November 26, 2011:

Dimples are adorable!


Natasha on November 03, 2011:

I am 13 years old..&I have one on my right cheek but its light so anyone rarely notices... But no other person in my family have them.

rohit on October 29, 2011:

i haveee dimple on my chick's

thy look asome on me

but,they were not there when i was a kid

really lucky to have them now

Diana on October 27, 2011:

I sort of have a dimple on my left cheek. it's very hard to notice it :/ I hope it develops! on both cheeks!

They look so cute and I want them :(

jyoti on October 25, 2011:

i love dimples...... I wish i had dem....

Ammy on October 22, 2011:

Have got a shallow dimple on my left cheek.

Kayla on October 19, 2011:

I Don't Like My Dimples They Are Annoying Lol.

Alyssa on October 19, 2011:

Neither of my parents, or any of my ancestors have dimples, yet I have a single one on my left cheek. It used to be that the only time it was visible was when I smiled or laughed, but over the last few years it looks to be getting deeper and more prominent, being visible almost every time I speak or talk... And what's even more puzzling to me is that there appears to be another, shallower one starting to form on the opposite cheek...

How can that happen? How is it possible for dimples to become more defined, even having another one appear (without weight gain) when neither the dominant DD or Dd gene is present in a bloodline?

Hadiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii on October 17, 2011:

yaaaaaaaaaaay me

i have dimples on both sides of my cheek and i have always been known by them since i was a kid

i guess it is the best thing in my face

totally love them

aaa on October 06, 2011:

i hav a dimple..

Desi on October 04, 2011:

I've got dimples...YAY!

Besawler on September 24, 2011:

As a female dimples beautify you. It is a priviledge i have two

Ashley on September 18, 2011:

I forget I have dimples until someone says something or I look at a photo. They are pretty deep and cute. Thanks Jesus and mommy.

qasiar khan on September 15, 2011:

i also have dimple.but i don't like them

ForkSpoonSpork on August 15, 2011:

I have dimnples.. Whoo Rahh.. And you losers dont :_

Marki on July 25, 2011:

I have 5 dimples: one on each cheek, one below both of those, and one on the top of my left cheek. I love them and people always say they're sooo cute!! :)

Emily on July 09, 2011:


qwertyuiop on May 02, 2011:

both my parents have dimples but i don't :( lol x

Ruchi on May 01, 2011:

Wel I do own a dimple on my left cheek.. Which appears when i talk and smile.. And when ever i smile, people around never stops complimanting me.. And now really makes me feel happy and unique.. Thanks to mom dad & almighty for giving me a cute smile :) :)

MIke on March 29, 2011:

I don't know why every one loves dimples their so weird looking and ugly lol i hate them lol almost as much as i hate freckles

taliscia on February 26, 2011:

ii wiish ii have diimples ! { ugh } :/

Ari on February 26, 2011:

I have dimple in my chin and im a girl. Is this a good thing or not because i don't think my parents have the chin dimple. But i do have one dimple on my cheek and i got it from my father so i know how i got this one. And i still lovee my dimpled

Punam on February 22, 2011:

I hv dimple on ma left cheek. . It appears nly when i smile. . But whenever i smile people always used to complimanting me and i feel very happy. . THANX 2 MA PARENTS' 4 such a precious gift

Darshano Bates on January 26, 2011:

I have only one dimple is there all the time even when not smiling and am 60yo... love it as do all my friends

danielle on January 26, 2011:

i have dimples (:

Heidi on January 21, 2011:

I LOVE MY DIMPLES!!! I started with 2 on each corner of my lips.. a few years later I developed 2 more dimples just on top of the first two.. and a few days ago 1 came out from my right cheek...

meaning that I have 5 dimples!!! woohoo well 7 including the dimples of venus :D...

I thank my granny for that! (none of my parents nor my sis has them.. only one of my nieces)

so proud of them!!! They make people look cutier...

Andrea A. Lopez on January 07, 2011:

i have one on my right side of my face and i think it funny

Kate on January 06, 2011:

You can have chin dimples that appear when you smile-- I have two symmetrical small ones there and I love them.

Hammy on January 04, 2011:

I wish i had dimples naturally!!!!!! I would do ANYTHING for them...

:( :( both of my best friend have them and guess what? MY PARENTS AND MY LITTLE BRO HAS DIMPLES TOO! and ppl always compliment them but i never get complimented for anything... tbh, im jealous its so unfair my family AND my best friends have them...

Ellamae on December 22, 2010:

Dimples are adorable! My daddy gave mine to me and I love them!

Neeta singh chauhan on November 27, 2010:

I'hv dimples on my right cheek. It only appears when I smile. And I luv them, bcoz of these dimples some people says I'hv such a cute smile.Thanks to Mom.

Dana on November 26, 2010:

See i only have one dimple on the right side of my cheek and i never understood why because noone in my family i mean noone has one so it was kinda odd...and its more in the middle of my cheek not kinda over on the side..

HM Sheppard on October 31, 2010:

I'm 46 and still have dimples on both cheeks. I always wondered why people smiled at me more whenever I smiled. That still happens today. I never even noticed them until other people made comments. And since I've lost about 17 pounds my face is thinner and that makes my dimples stand out more. I get them from my dad, who got his from my paternal grandmother. Great article!

gilmore on October 09, 2010:

when i talk and its notice ppl act loike i have gold on my face nd i try nd play it cool like naw...i dent have dimples,then i smile,thanx jesus.

Chiara on September 16, 2010:

hi, I've got 4 dimples. 2 stretches out from the chin when i smile, and the other 2, well they just pop on the above corners of my lips every time i smile. i only get the 2 dimples on the cheek when i press them. I LOVE ME DIMPLES! ;D

kri on September 05, 2010:

hi i got one dimple on my left and right cheeks it looks fiend loves them that's why i learn to love them too when i was teen so lucky to have appears when i got mad,or smiling and looks attractive specially to the boys.

Gaby on September 04, 2010:

I have the chin dimples! Definitely not that cute, lol. My mom barely has them. I have only just gotten them, really, and they are very prominent when I smile, or bite my lips. Odd, huh?

rajalakshmi on August 02, 2010:

i love my dimple very much but my parents donot have.

Nikki on July 24, 2010:

Am in Love with my 6 dimples hehehe lol :)

Myuriam on July 21, 2010:

I love my awesome cute dimples!

Miki on July 14, 2010:

Well...I asked both my parents if they or anyone else in the family line had ever had dimples and apparently none of them. And I just noticed I developed a dimple really quick the other day. I had no dimples but now I have one in my right cheek. Which is ironic because Ive been laughing really hard and good these past few weeks.

kapria on July 01, 2010:

i have dimples and all guys think its soo cute when ismile they make me laugh or smile on purpose to see them but not all guys only some like them alot and i have dimples in my chin and shoulders

BEAT-L.A. on June 21, 2010:

i have one on my fore head...its cool...i thought it was my third eye...

nicole on June 16, 2010:

i have dimples but they hide themselves behind the cheeksline whenever i smine.... wish i had them a bit above.. atleast people would notice.. :-(

sophie on June 10, 2010:

I have dimples in my cheeks... but the one in my right cheek is so much deeper than the one in my left!! But they only seem 2 show when I’m smiling or when I’m embarrassed :P I love them... also lads like 2 kiss them :P im not Complaining xx

..... on May 19, 2010:

I have one on my right cheek i get it only whn i smile or make some special expression. Neither my mum nor dad has one.

Ivy on May 11, 2010:

im proud i have dimples.

fary on May 03, 2010:

i have dimple in right and left of my cheek...i love my dimple

sara on April 01, 2010:

i love my keeps getting bigger.

ANEESA on January 24, 2010:

u need to keep up d smile :D

Ana Lucia Perez on January 02, 2010:

I want get a dimple creation surgery

sabah on December 24, 2009:

i hav 4 dimples. two on either side ....

the left one is quiet deeper looks very cute as my frnds say...lolz

ppmm07 on November 23, 2009:

I have one deep dimple on each cheek, so does my sister. I love them! People always notice them when i smile and they compliment me a lot....My question is since my sister and I have dimples, why my parents dont??

annieee on October 27, 2009:

I have dimples, one on each cheek that apear when i talk or smile. i think i would look verry different without them, i lovee having them :P , Luckyy :D

zakeria on October 08, 2009:

i onli have one dimple on 1 side of my cheek but not the other its quite anooying either have 2 or non?

lady on August 25, 2009:

i have dimples below my lip...hahahaha...

but i wish i had it on my cheeks...

dimples are cute...

cristine on August 20, 2009:


rinchen on August 12, 2009:

when my parents do not have dimples, i have the dimples in both cheek. s ohelp me to find the reason

Thao on June 01, 2009:

I have six dimples, three on each side. I think its too much. But its cool as well though. lol. =)

thinking out loud on April 23, 2009:

very good explanation. I've got them my parents didn't nor my brother or sister. I hated them when I weas young, everyone wanted to pinch them. Later when i found that girls loved them i was very proud of mine. Now, they're there, but more subtle and less pronounced. Still get the comments though so i guess they're still noticeable. Thanks

Alex on March 30, 2009:

I have four dimples two on each cheek its kind cool.

jessicaaa on December 27, 2008:

i have dimples well actually only one but it sometimes appears and sometimes it doesn't but i guess its alright it looks cute in pixxs

Christine on November 29, 2008:

I four dimples on one cheek and two on the other. Is this normal?

jojo on November 20, 2008:

i have dimples on both cheeks. but i hate them , dunno y (lolz)

gabby on November 17, 2008:

never really payed much attention to mine until I reached my teenage years and people started to comment on them...... now I love them. I hope my children have them!

nicole on July 27, 2008:

finally, something that makes sense about dimples. :-)

I do have one question, how have you concluded these great conclusions about dimples? I have done a lot of research on it and your explanation is that the only one that makes sense so, I am just curious how you came to these conclusions. Hope to hear from you...!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on March 18, 2008:

I don't exactly know either why dimples look cute but they are. I have dimples in my lower back LOL

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on March 17, 2008:

I love dimples! They look really cute on my kids!

Merle Ann Johnson from NW in the land of the Free on March 16, 2008:

Exact answere I was looking for when I requested "What are dimples?" Now I know......Great hub Thanks. G-Ma :o) hugs

debby28 from WASHINGTON on March 16, 2008:

My husband had the cutest dimples and my daughter and her son both have them what a wonderful thing for him to leave them you also have a great smile great hub.

Tony Sky from London UK on March 16, 2008:

I had dimples and now they are gone!! I want my dimples back:D

Your Buddy on March 15, 2008:


Smile is cute and beautiful, with dimple more beautiful...

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Keny Luger on March 15, 2008:

Dimpled smiles make me smile. :)

Rhym O'Reison from Crowley, Tx on March 15, 2008:

Yours are Kathryn. Great smile and great hub.

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