Recently the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network published the results of an interesting study that set out to find the ideal female lip aesthetic. After surveying more than 570 people about measurements for a perfect pout, the minds behind the study believe they have developed a road map to help cosmetic surgeons achieve optimal lip enhancement outcomes.
Dr. Mark Lowney, who offers lip enhancement at Advanced Body Sculpting of New England, shares more about the study here.
WHAT DO THE IDEAL LIPS LOOK LIKE?
Dr. Brian J.F. Wong of the University of California, Irvine, showed a large focus group of photographs of white women between the ages of 18 and 25. The lips of the women were digitally morphed to demonstrate different lip dimensions. The study participants were asked to rank around 100 of these images in terms of attractiveness.
As the focus group ranked images, the research team was specifically looking for information about the overall lip surface area, the ratio of the upper lip to the lower lip, and the dimension of the lips in relation to the lower third of the face.
Based on the results of the study, the most attractive set of lips was morphed to one and a half times their normal size, taking up about a tenth of the bottom third of the face. Ideally, the perfect lips have an upper lip that is half as big as the lower lip.
Dr. Wong and his group believe their research and results can help cosmetic surgeons avoid over-filling the upper lip, which is currently a popular look among celebrities.
CREATING THE “PERFECT” LIPS
In spite of these findings, Dr. Lowney recognizes that his patients have their own unique preferences. His goal is to create the lip look that best suits the individual patient, regardless of what studies like this have concluded.
There are several ways that Dr. Lowney can approach lip enhancement. The most popular method is to inject dermal fillers like Restylane or Juvederm to add volume and definition to the lips. Dr. Lowney can shape the V-shaped area of the upper lip, known as the Cupid’s Bow, to give the lips a more youthful appearance. He can also minimize vertical wrinkles around the lips that cause lipstick to bleed.
Lip enhancement with dermal fillers typically takes about 15 to 20 minutes and does not require any downtime. Dr. Lowney may recommend additional touch-up treatments as needed.
To learn more about lip enhancement with Dr. Lowney, please call (877) 577-5476 or email Advanced Body Sculpting of New England today.