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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 :)

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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