The Secret to a Beautiful Lip

Having fuller lips, like that of Angelina Jolie, have been considered a desirable trait. A study has shown that female models who are selected in the fashion industry, in general, have fuller lips (upper and lower) than ordinary women. Several studies have also shown that men prefer women with thick and prominent lips. Over the past several years, there have been an increasing number of women seeking lip augmentation to achieve that sought after voluptuous lip.

Angelina Jolie's Beautiful Lips (Image from Alex-Scheffer.com)

Features that Decrease the Perceived Age in Women

  • Big eyes

  • Short nose

  • Small chin

  • Thick lips

  • Thin eyebrows

  • With aging, the upper lip undergoes several changes which range from atrophy of the fatty tissue of the lips to thinning and a less pronounced vermilion border. Thus, augmentation of the lip may decrease the perceived age in women desiring a sensual and youthful lip.

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Common Changes in the Aging Upper Lip

  • Fatty tissue atrophy of the upper lip

  • Thinning and less pronounced vermilion border

  • Flattening of the philtrum

  • Widening of the Cupid's bow

  • Loss of the natural "pout" of the lip

Ideal Lip (Photograph by Rachael Ashe; Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

So what is the secret of a beautiful lip? Nearly every fashion model has full and plump lips. Does having a lip augmentation of one's upper lip sufficient to have that sought after voluptuous lip? Studies have shown that the ideal lip has an upper to lower lip ratio of 1.0 : 1.6. If this ratio is altered, as found in women with excessive augmentation of only the upper lip, the lip may look unnatural. This would not be as attractive as the natural upper lip. The upper lip may predominate the discourse in aged lip, but the lower lip may need augmentation as well due to the development of lip ptosis with aging. Moreover, lower lip augmentation may be needed to maintain the upper to lower lip ratio in order to achieve "natural" and beautiful lips.

Lips of a famous actress after lip augmentation. Overcorrection of the upper lip augmentation resulted in a deviation from the ideal upper to lower lip ratio. Thus, the lips look unnatural.

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