19 year old girl inserts nails into her cheeks to create dimples


A 19 year old girl enrolled at a local tattoo institute in Wuhan, China in May 2018 to learn to become a tattoo artist. The total course fee she paid was around HK$14,600. During her course, one of the staff at the institute suggested to her to insert nails on both sides of her cheeks to create dimples.

After much persuasion by the staff, she was gullible and decided to go through the procedure since she had always wanted dimples on her cheeks to look better. In October, 2018, the excruciating pain subsequently forced her to seek medical help to extract the nails. She then tried to ask the Institute to subsidise her surgery cost HK$3,400 as she couldn’t afford to pay. In the process, she also asked for a full refund of the course fee.

The management of the Institute refused her on the grounds that they were only responsible for the nail insertion but not otherwise. They further claimed that the removal procedure was a simple process and their in-house staff could have executed it. They also said that inflammations on the nail wounds are common.

The institute further argued that all course fees paid are non refundable under any circumstances.

On the other hand, the hospital Authority from Hubei Provincial People’s Hospital took issue with the Institute and explained that nails are foreign objects in our human body and they could result in many side residual effects which are harmful to us.

Cheek dimple creation (dimpleplasty) should be a procedure where doctor will make a small opening inside the mouth and work on the buccinator muscle inside the cheek to create a natural-looking dimple. The inside of the cheek is closed with dissolvable stitches and you’re able to resume most normal activities following the short procedure. Since the procedure is performed inside the mouth, there is no obvious appearance of surgery from the outside.

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