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(New York Herald.) Any woman who has been overlooked by Nature in tho distribution of dimples can have the deficiency supplied by machinery. Of course, the machinery must be in the hands of a skilled manipulator, or the result would be an unsightly scar, or possibly an open sore or complications of blood-poisoning. The new apparatus, the advent of which had been hailed with joy in the World feminine, consists of a specially-designed knife, with a dainty, but very sharp, blade, a tiny, keen-edged scoop, and a very fine needle. With these instruments a pretty, life-like dimple can be produced, as effective as the genuine print of an " angel's kies." A. small straight incision is made in the cheek or chin of the ambitious patient, representing the diameter of the proposed improvement. With, the little scoop a small portion of the fat underlying : the skin is removed ; the delicate needle sews the edges of the cut together again and the operation is completed. In two or three days the stitches are removed, and within the week the wound is entirely healed, leaving the slight depression in the surface of the skin which poets call a dimple. The operation is a simple matter of facial surgery, but it requires delicacy and skill to prevent a scar. If it be well done, it is only necessary to assist the process of ! nature by proper dressing and protection, and the wound heals over so as to entirely obliterate the track of the knife. i Not often does a woman in possession of a natural dimple desire to have it removed but occasionally a man who considers the mark a badge of effeminacy wishes to get rid of it. This is just as simple an operation as is the other. Instead of removing, a bit of fat from beneath the surface, a small portion of the skin itself is cut away. The edges of the dimple are drawn together with stitches, the incision heals, and the depression disappears. The artificial dimple, however, has its drawbacks. It is too permanent. No matter whether the owner be plunged into the depths of grief whether her face be darkened by anger or distorted by jealousy, the dimple smiles on. The novelty soon wears off, but the dimple does not, and becomes a mockery and delusion. "Nothing we produce artificially in the dimple line has the charms of the real article," said a well-known up-town dermatologist. "The duty of a dimple is to punctuate a smile ; it must come and go, to meet the requirements of facial expression. A perpetual smile would be an awkward thing to carry around, especially at funerals, and I look at an artificial dimple in the same light. We generally advise against the operation, although it is perfectly harmless, but any one who wants a dimple can have it with a little annoyance."

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MACHINE-MADE DIMPLES., Star, Issue 5704, 24 October 1896

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MACHINE-MADE DIMPLES. Star, Issue 5704, 24 October 1896

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