Social media selfies may make you think that an oversized pout is now the aesthetic ideal, but recent research reveals that a natural and harmonious lip is perceived as the most attractive.
In a study published this month in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the results of eye-tracking technology revealed that natural equals beautiful. This is the ethos that we strive for at Dr CP Aesthetics, whether in lip augmentation or any treatment we offer.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in the US took a stock photo of a young woman and digitally altered it to create a series of images showing different lip proportions and volumes. Neutral observers then rated the images for attractiveness and eye-tracking technology was used to see what caught their eye and how much time they spent looking at individual features.
A lip proportion of 1 to 1.6 (upper lip to lower lip) was rated as most attractive. This 1:1.6 proportion is widely accepted as the golden ratio. Images showing a fuller lower lip or a hugely exaggerated pout were perceived as less attractive.
Full and well-defined lips are considered a sign of youth, beauty and sensuality because our lips start to lose volume and definition and look less plump over time. As we age, levels of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in our skin naturally start to deplete and our pouts are often the first feature to be affected as the mouth is such a mobile area.
How can you ensure a natural lip enhancement
Lip augmentation has become one of the most popular procedures in the UK, but like any aesthetic treatment it’s practitioner dependent. So, first and foremost, always choose a properly medically trained and experienced aesthetic practitioner. Here’s how Dr Claudia delivers naturally beautiful results.
The right filler: temporary hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are the preferred choice, but there are different filler brands and consistencies, and Dr Claudia will assess your existing lip tissue to ensure the filler integrates beautifully and retains elasticity to move with your facial expressions.
The right ratio: as the study revealed, there is a perfect proportion to achieve the most natural-looking lips. Dr Claudia considers the ratio between the upper and lower lip and between the outer corners of the mouth to the middle.
The right amount: overfilling is the most common cause of an unnatural result. Dr Claudia carefully places filler into the lips, continually evaluating the results before placing any additional filler. It’s also important to avoid multiple injections over time. Although your filler will start to deplete naturally, there will likely be some filler remaining. Over repeat treatments with Dr Claudia, she will be able to take this into account.
For more advice on lip augmentation, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation.