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Dimple caused by cheek injury

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armarni Sat 23-May-09 19:09:47

Hi everyone, about 4 weeks ago my 17 month old DD had a nasty tumble and her cheek hit the corner of our coffee table creating a very large bruise. She seemed fine after a few minutes of crying so I didnt think anything of it. Yet as the bruising has subsided Ive noticed that a hard lump has appreared under the skin at the point of impact and this has caused her to have a one sided dimple when she smiles as the skin is now contorted around this lump. I hate to think that her face is disfigured for life now. Can anyone else whose been through this post up any advice please. I've googled the issue and I'm not the only person who this has happened to, but nobody seems to give a definitive answer as to wether the lump is permenant scar tissue under the skin or if it will go with time.


tigana Sun 24-May-09 00:22:10

not sure a dimple counts as "disfigurement" tbh.
Doubt it'll be permanent, more likely just the soft tissue recovering.
DS walloped me with a transformer and I had a hard lump under skin as well as a bruise (was arm not face) no lump now, weeks later.

armarni Sun 24-May-09 18:06:09

thanks Tigana....I appreciate disfigured was a bit strong but its just worrying to see something happen to her face. Has anybody else had any experience of this sort of thing?

gordonpym Mon 25-May-09 06:08:32

my friend's DD was biten at kindergarten, weeks later she noticed a lump on her cheek, under the skin,more like a timy tiny ball, which did hurt the child when touching/pushing. As it didn't go away but became bigger, the gp went through several scans and as each time the lump was getting bigger, they decided to have it removed. Surgery is for september and will work from inside the mouth.
But don't get scared, this lump was causing pain,and was certainly nasty because of a bacteria from the bite.

norksinmywaistband Mon 25-May-09 08:23:47

As the mother of a facially scarred DD, from a birth injury,( she will have a scar covering her whole cheek that will never disappear) I found your disfigured comment a bit over the top to say the least.

Your DD has a small injury which is in the early stages of healing. My DD's scar will not heal but I do not consider it disfigurement, just part of her, and she is very beautiful.

Not meaning to belittle your problem, but most adults carry minor scars from injuries in childhood - I for one have 3 scars on my face(very small and pretty insignificant.

It is still very early in the soft tissue recovery so I would not worry too much, but if still there in a month maybe consult your GP.

letswiggle Mon 25-May-09 18:49:29

My ds has a dimple on his right cheekbone from exactly the same kind of crash with the coffee table about 18 months ago. He's 3 now. It's quite a cute dimple though.

MummyMellie Mon 25-May-09 21:51:05

Hi Armarni,
Have you thought of trying homeopathy? There is a wonderful company in based in London called Ainsworths, you call them and explain what has happened and they will make up a specific remedy and send it to you for the next day. Definately worth a try, has been the answer to all sorts of prob i have encountered with my little one!

cheesesarnie Mon 25-May-09 21:56:49

i feel in a gym display at school and got a stone in my face and have dimple from that.i quite like itsmile.
its not disfigurement-its a dimple that may or may not sure she'll have a few more lumps and bumps as she gets older and if you panic each time that shes disfigured you'll drive yourself-and your dd barmy!

Sirimarie Sat 31-Jan-15 16:20:59

I got a cheek injury playing soccer 3 years ago and my cheek swelled up the size of a softball. I still have the dimple and it's still somewhat sensitive. The dimple will more than likely stay there for the rest of my life because I ended up actually fracturing my cheek. i wouldn't say that it's "disfigured" because it's now just a characteristic your child has. It's unique. I wouldn't worry or obsess over it because it's really not that big of a deal. I wear mine as a badge & many people around my think it's really cool because it's not a dimple you see everyday. Things happen but it's not going to affect your child's life. I'm not a mother I only made this account to give you my input. I hope this helped!

16claire16 Wed 11-Nov-15 14:27:54

Hi, I understand your concerns as I fell off a balcony 8 years ago, I now have a dimple due to my cheek hitting the concrete slab sad I have seen the plastic surgeons at hospital and they all say there's nothing they can do, its changed my face totally, I don't see the face im used to looking at all those years, if your daughter has had any surgery then can you let me know please, I wish you all the best. Here's a pic to show you what my cheek looks like now.

TheDeep3nd Tue 15-Nov-16 16:34:14

I would love an update from the OP or anyone who has experienced something similar. We are 7 weeks out from the initial injury, and the dent doesn't appear to be going anywhere. I've seen two different doctors and consulted a plastic surgeon, and they've all been very dismissive. I'm very concerned this is permanent . . .

Katia17 Sun 21-May-17 22:39:39

Hi Clair,
Thank you for posting picture. I have been trying to find information about the same topic for a long time. It has been a year since my son got the cheek ingury. Looks like his dimple also not going anywhere. He did got himatima for some time after the impact. We were massaging s applying heat in hopes that when it goes away his face will go back to normal. However, after all the time hematoma when my away, but the cheek still looks damaged. It also affected his smile making his laugh creases asemetrical. sad

BarbarianMum Mon 22-May-17 08:17:30

He looks fine. His smile does not look asymmetrical. I know you are upset OP but give yourself a little shake. Some children suffer actual disfigurement you know.

Katia17 Mon 22-May-17 15:28:00

Smile does get better with time, dimple remains. As a mother I was concerned, I was observing carefully. This forum topic is about minor cheek issues caused by small inguries. I would like to share our experience and hear back from other moms that went through similar. I fully realize that there are other more serious issues that can happen and I am very grateful that we are dealing with just a small consequence.
I am posting another picture to show how his smile looked half a year after the impact. Here you can see that on one side he was not able fully stretche his cheek. It did get a bit better. Right after the accident he was not able to smile on one side at all.

Prarthana123 Tue 06-Jun-17 12:47:59

Hie I also have a dimple on my face with a little swelling too on my right cheek due to an accident 4 months ago and it has still not gone and is the same! Can anyone tell me that will this decrease with time or will remain forever?

Penguinzz6 Sat 17-Jun-17 05:28:41

I also ran into a table when I was a toddler and got a dimple. (This happened over 15 years ago.) For me, it is permanent. When I look back at old photos, it was more noticeable in some photos than in others, probably due to lighting and the angle of the camera. Today, it is just small mark on my cheek when I smile. It makes me look younger.

I do not view my dimple as a disfigurement; it's cute and makes me unique. It made me more adorable when I was little and helped me persuade people into doing what I want. People also commented on it in a positive way when I was young, and once in a while I still get compliments to this day. Don't worry too much about your child's appearance and don't talk negatively about it in front of them.

KourtneyKardashian Sat 17-Jun-17 05:32:48

I know this is an old thread, but dd recently had a eye/ cheek injury and the lump was diagnosed as a resolving haemotomoa.

To get rid of the limp / dimple, you simply have to massage it with some cream 2-3 times a day for a few minutes each time.

Within days, dd's reduced which was 8 weeks post injury.

Hope this helps anyone reading this 😊

Tamocean Tue 25-Jul-17 21:29:11

Excuse me KourtneyKardashian, could you please give more information about the cream that you've applied during massaging. Is it just a simple facial cream or the specific one? Thank you.

AllyWalshe Mon 02-Oct-17 23:09:01

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