The term cleft chin is used to describe a person having a dimple on the chin. It is a feature that one is generally born with. When the fusion of the left and the right side of the lower jaw don’t happen properly, it results in a cleft chin. The number of people born with cleft chins is quite low than those having normal chin. Like other physical traits, a cleft chin is the result of a person’s genetics. But the condition of a cleft chin can be acquired over a period of time due to facial asymmetry resulting from one jaw being slightly long. A cleft chin can also be termed as dimple chin, butt chin or a superhero chin.
A cleft chin can be described as a Y-shape fissure which appears on the chin due to the peculiarity of the bone. The lower jaw fails to fuse together with the upper jaw during early development which results in the appearance of an indentation on an individual’s chin. The cleft chin is an inherited feature appearing more commonly in the facial characteristics of men than women. However there are many instances where parents with cleft chins do not have children with the same facial trait while parents not having cleft chins have produced offspring with cleft chin.
The cleft chin is the result of the dominant autosomal trait which appears as a dimple on the chin. When both parents are carriers of this trait, there are seventy- five percent chances that the child will be born with a cleft chin. As a result, cleft chins can be an inherited trait just like dimples on the cheek. The degree of prominence of a cleft chin can considerably vary as in the case of Kirk Douglas who has a remarkably visible cleft chin while the same trait is less conspicuous in the case of his son, Michael Douglas. But all the same it is not necessary that all the children will have the characteristic cleft chin.
Some popular personalities owe their attractive looks to having a cleft chin. These include John Travolta, Elijah Wood, Ben Affleck, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Marc Anthony, Timothy Dalton, Cary Grant, Hulk Hogan, Huey Lewis, Jerry Lewis, Elijah Wood, Jesse Ventura, Lee Van Cleef, Patrick Stewart, Ann Nicole Smith, Ashle Simpson, Trey Parker, Tony Parker, Charles Lindbergh, Ricky Martin and and Jessica Simpson.
People may differ in their views on the cleft chin. Some may feel it enhances a person’s attractive looks while others may consider it ugly. A cleft chin may be technically regarded as a flaw but a number of famous musicians and actors who have this facial characteristic are considered good looking and attractive. John Travolta’s attractive cleft chin was amazingly noticeable and attractive more in his younger days when he was lean. Kirk Douglas was known for his classic good looks which included his conspicuous cleft chin, perhaps the most evident example in Hollywood. Aaron Eckhart , a gorgeous actor had the defining dimpled chin while Tom Brady is considered hot with his chin dimple.