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J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2019 Oct-Dec;12(4):227-230. doi: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_109_19.

Evaluation of Prevalence and Morphology of Dimple among Population of Sullia Taluk.

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Department of OMFS, KVG Dental College and Hospital, Sullia, Karnataka, India.



Dimple is one of the special indentations in skin of the face, which is considered as a sign of beauty. Dimpleplasty/surgical creation of dimple is a cosmetic procedure done by surgeons. Determining accurate position of dimple to create maximum beauty is always challenging to surgeons.

Aims and Objectives:

This study aimed at evaluating the prevalence and morphology (position and size) of naturally occurring dimple among population of Sullia taluk.

Materials and Methods:

In total, 1462 people were screened for the occurrence of natural dimples in face. Among them, 121 were found to have natural dimples. Prevalence of dimple, position of the dimple, and the variation in distance from the Khoo Boo-Chai's (KBC) point to the naturally occurring dimple was assessed.


Among 121 patients with dimples, unilateral cheek dimples (72.88%) were more common than bilateral (27.11%). Ninety-one dimples (60.66%) were at KBC point and 59 dimples (39.33%) occurred anterior to KBC point at a mean distance of 9.86 mm. The mean size of dimple superoinferiorly on the right side was 8.29 mm and on the left side it was 8.96 mm. The mean size anteroposteriorly on the right side was 6.48 and on the left side it was 6.51 mm.


The mean measurements in size and position of the dimple might help the surgeon in creating dimples resembling naturally occurring dimples.


Cheek dimple; Khoo Boo-Chai’s point; dimple depth; dimple position

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