One look at social media and you could be forgiven for thinking that the perfect pout is over-full, over-sized and completely artificial. However, recent research published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) found that a natural-looking and harmonious appearance to the lips is actually perceived as most attractive.
Using a stock image of a young woman which had been digitally altered to produce a range of different lip proportions, American researchers used eye-tracking software to indicate which lip shape was considered most attractive.
The lip proportion that was rated most attractive to beholders was 1 to 1.6 in terms of upper to lower lip. This proportion is generally accepted as the golden ration for beautiful lips. Interestingly, the image that showed the pout enlarged to 130% received one of the lowest ratings.
We cover the rules for a successful lip augmentation with dermal fillers.
A question of balance
Your lip size and shape must be first considered in relation to your other facial features. For example, a recessive chin may need to be built up before more volume is added to the lips.
In terms of volumisation, the golden ratio as first devised by Leonardo Da Vinci can be applied to augmenting the lips to create proportions that are aesthetically pleasing. The bottom lip should ideally be 1.618 times larger than the top lip. The width of the lips should be 1.618 wider than the width of the nose and the top lip should project 1.618 more than the bottom lip.
What should you look for in your aesthetic practitioner?
Dermal fillers are a temporary product and, as a result, it is tempting to think there is no downside to this treatment. Aside from unhappiness with the result, there are potentially very serious risks including infection, asymmetry, migration of the filler and even tissue death if the lip filler is injected into or around a blood vessel.
Look for a practitioner that is medical trained and is highly experienced in injecting so they can deliver not only the results you’re hoping for, but also deal with any complications that could arise.
For more advice on a successful lip augmentation, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation at Dr CP Aesthetics.