My daughter's cheek bruise has turned into a dent/dimple. What's going on? Is it permanent? How to get her face back to normal?
About two weeks ago, my three-year-old daughter banged her face into a table. I believe it was the flat edge of the table, rather than a corner — she didn't have any broken skin, but she did have a bad bruise for about 10 days.
As the bruise cleared up, we noticed that she had a new dimple, right where the bruise had been. Massaging the spot with our fingers, we can feel a small fibrous lump in there (maybe the size of a Grape Nut?). I'm guessing that in hitting the table, some muscle fiber in her cheek detached or otherwise got pushed around, and that when her muscles tighten for a smile, they're pulling on her skin in a slightly different way than they had before?
I know that in the grand scheme of things, an extra dimple isn't the worst thing in the world, and if this is permanent, so be it. But I'm wondering what happened, how permanent this is, and so on. Is there anything we should do to help her face return to normal?
I've found a few mom-oriented message boards with this same question (1
), but without any answers or clarification.
Do any of you know what's going on here? YANMD, of course. Mostly just looking for clarification on what might have happened inside her face, stories of "this happened to us, and ______", etc. My daughter and I thank you.