Not everyone is lucky enough to be blessed with back dimples. But whether you have them or not, read on to find out what they really say about their owners. You might be surprised…
We are all familiar with face dimples. The likes of Miranda Kerr and Harry Styles pull them off perfectly as they flash their adorable grins on the red carpet. But back dimples? They certainly are a more mysterious trait.
Those cheeky little indentations that sit right above the butt; to most of us they’re just back dimples, but to scientists they are “lateral lumbar indentations.’’ But what exactly are they? And furthermore, what do they say about us?
Back dimples appear on the skin right above the point where the base of the spine joins to the uppermost bone of the pelvis. To use the medical jargon, they are in fact, “created by a short ligament stretching between the posterior superior iliac spine and the skin.”
But why is it that not everybody has back dimples? Well, as a matter of fact, it’s all down to genetics. Indeed, anyone that does have back dimples is likely to have got the gene from their mom.
Back dimples are generally regarded as an attractive attribute for a woman to have. But this is no new development. In fact, this perception dates as far back as the 16th century when Michelangelo was alive.
The artist noticed the features on women and subsequently decided to call them “dimples of Venus.” And who, exactly, was Venus? Oh, only the Roman goddess of beauty, that’s all. So if one of the most famed artists of all time thinks back dimples belong on a goddess of beauty, that’s a pretty big endorsement.
Some women think back dimples are so attractive that they choose to accentuate their own even more by always wearing crop tops or even going as far as piercing them. But aside from being aesthetically pleasing, having back dimples could in fact have other benefits.
Indeed, some suggest that the feature helps blood circulation in the area near the pelvis. As a result, reaching climax is apparently easier for women who have back dimples.
Women are more likely to have back dimples than men but some guys do have them too. In fact, some very famous male celebs are blessed with the feature. For example, soccer star David Beckham is a proud owner, as is Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.
But what if you’re reading this and you don’t have back dimples? Is there any way you can somehow grow dimples and start flaunting your lower back around town? Or is all hope lost?
Well, there appears to be conflicting evidence on this point. Some reports suggest that back dimples are purely a genetic trait and there’s no chance of getting them through hard work and exercise.
However, some people disagree with this somewhat defeatist attitude. Some websites, for example, suggest that specific back exercises can help strengthen the right muscles and reveal back dimples that you thought didn’t exist. Try lying flat on your stomach then lift your arms and legs off the floor to do an exercise known as “the superman.”
Failing that, fitness website Fitness Oriented suggests doing “squats, deadlifts and lunges” in order to work the right muscles. Flexing your butt and back muscles can give your back dimples better definition, it’s claimed
Others suggest that losing weight might help reveal hidden dimples. Beauty website Etopical suggests that body-fat percentages have a part to play in the appearance of back dimples. Low body-fat ratios of 22 percent for men and 32 percent for females might be the optimum levels for back dimples to reveal themselves.
But if that doesn’t work, there’s always surgery. Yes, that’s right – some people actually go under the knife to get those all important Venus dimples. It’s a trend that even has its own name.
It’s called the “Barbie Back.” According to London-based cosmetic surgeon Dr Mike Comins, the “Barbie Back’’ is “what women want.’’ In a 2014 interview with The Telegraph, Dr Comins explained how the back-dimple surgery involves liposuction with no general anesthetic.
Plastic surgeons attempt to replicate Barbie’s form by creating a v-shape on the lower back. Dr Comins calls this procedure “Dimples En V,’’ and depending on where you choose to get it done, it could set you back around $2,500. Worth it?
It seems that those naturally blessed with back dimples have hit some sort of genetic jackpot. In the bedroom they could be at an advantage, and on the beach they’ll be driving some onlookers wild. What may have originally been considered a defect might actually be a secret weapon.
But for those who missed out on the back-dimple lottery, all is not lost. Certain exercises, or even weight loss, could reveal dimples you thought were non-existent. Or if you’ve got a few thousand dollars to spare you can always give the surgeon a call.