What causes shoulder dimples? Are the bilateral dimples common and how can one get the shoulder dimples? For answers to questions on shoulder dimples, the causes, how common they are the different names of shoulder dimples and how to get them keep on reading.
When the word dimple comes to mind you probably think of the indentation on cheeks or lower back. However, there are other types of dimples. Shoulder dimples are also indentations found on the shoulder blades and although are uncommon they do occur. Most new mothers from the constant analysis of their newborns discover the shoulder dimples and think that are they are cause to worry.
As a result, they consult paediatric neurosurgeons to have the “deformity” removed. Although dimpling on the shoulders is harmless, if there is pain along the shoulders or movement is restricted then there is cause to worry. However, in most situations shoulder blade dimples are painless and harmless unlike cleft chin which may be a bad deformity in a very small percentage of newborns.
For adults who have discovered the dimples on friends wearing vests and tank tops, or swimwear at the beach, think the dimples on shoulders are cute and would want to have them as well. However, it is impossible to acquire them if you were not born with them. So what causes the shoulder dimples?
Shoulder Dimples Cause
For those who have noticed these rare beauties wonder what causes shoulder dimples? The shoulder dimple cause is attributed to “This most likely represents benign autosomal acromial dimples, a rarely reported autosomal dominant condition. Other causes of dimples include a variety of congenital malformation syndromes, and infectious, metabolic, and traumatic etiologies” (Nih.gov).
Therefore, the shoulder dimples cause is either genetic, an infection or a traumatic disorder. Adults or infants with shoulder dimples are referred to have
- Shoulder acromial dimpling because of their position at the acromion or the blades
- Bi-acromial dimples because of their occurrence on both shoulders.
“These dimples are found infrequently (are rare), and are a solitary finding in most cases. However, bi-acromial dimples have been reported as part of malformation syndromes such as 18q deletion syndrome, and skeletal dysplasias.” (Bmj.com)
How Common Are Shoulder Dimples
Well, the shoulder dimples are not common either because people have not noticed them like the cheek dimples. In fact, new parents who notice them on their bundles of joy always freak out thinking it is something that needs attention very fast.
There is little information about shoulder dimples as well online. Therefore, this shows how uncommon the shoulder dimples are. However, those who have seen them on any of their family member and mostly parents attest that their siblings have them.
A doctor also once said there was little literature and therefore he had made conclusions that shoulder dimples were rare unlike back dimples and cheek dimples. However, he found them in 15 of his patients (readcube.com). As such, the shoulder dimples do exist, they you may not have seen them in yourself or other people, but they are a reality. However, they are not a common reality for a doctor to notice them on 15 of his patients. We all know that doctors deal with many more patients in a given year.
So how common are shoulder dimples? They are rare unlike lower back dimples, cheek dimples and dimples on buttocks.
Bilateral Shoulder Dimples – Worrying Symptoms
Another name for these dimples is bilateral shoulder dimples. This is because they appear on both shoulder blades. However, the common kind appears on a single shoulder. When they appear on both shoulder blades, they are also known as:
- Bi- acromial dimples
- Cutaneous depressions on shoulders
Usually they are symmetrical depressions on the acromion when they appear on both shoulders. These dimples are usually harmless, but in rare cases when one can get a tumor on the bilateral shoulder dimples. Pain and some swelling usually accompany this. If you have shoulder dimples and you notice anything unusual, you should report it immediately to your doctor.
Some patients have reported tumors of the cervical on the shoulder dimples. How this exactly happens, only a professional doctor can explain. The shoulder dimples should also not impede movement or cause you any pain as you move your shoulders.
Dimples on Shoulder Blades
Shoulder dimples occur on the shoulder blades, where you have the joint of your shoulder to your arm. Sometimes it may be on the upper side or behind the shoulder blade as seen from the pictures of babies born with shoulder dimples.
The tiny depressions are clear of any fluids or dirt and they are just like the dimples on face except of being circular they may appear like a curved line due to the movement of the arms. Most people consider the dimples on shoulder blades cute. So if you have them do not be afraid to show them off as often as you can, when in summer of course.
- Work out to tone your shoulder muscles so that they will not appear odd on your shoulder muscles. You do not have to workout for hours but simple aerobic exercises can get your arms and shoulders in shape.
- Wear tank tops and sleeveless dresses whenever possible
- Wear swim suits that are bear at the back
How to Get Shoulder Dimples
Unfortunately, there is no Shoulder dimples surgery like there is cheek dimples surgery and dimple creation piercings. However, for anyone who wants to get rid of the shoulder dimples, am sure the plastic surgeons can correct it somehow. I would not want to speculate on this, if you have them and you do not love them, ask a cosmetic surgeon near you for assistance. On the other hand, if you are dying to get bi-acromial dimples. This is how to get shoulder dimples:
- Be born again and I do not mean spiritually, if that can ever happen 🙂