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Optimal Features for Surgically Enhanced Lips Determined

Lower lip should be ~1.6 times the height of the upper lip and retain Cupid's bow

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FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The specific features for the most natural look of surgically enhanced lips have been determined, according to a study published online April 6 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

These conclusions were drawn from 98 responses to a survey in which participants were shown a series of photographs of a female model's lips. The photos were digitally altered to show incremental changes in the size and shape of the lips, and participants were asked to identify the lips that looked most natural.

Essentially, the upper and lower lips need to maintain the same basic size ratio that occurs naturally in humans, with a lower lip that's about 1.6 times the height of the upper lip, lead researcher Sang Kim, M.D., a facial plastic surgeon with Natural Face Clinics in Syracuse, N.Y., told HealthDay. "Proportional enhancement, where the lower lip is slightly plumper or larger than the upper lip, is important," Kim said. "It's important to avoid overtreating the upper lip in proportion to the lower lip."

Upper lip injections also need to be performed carefully, to avoid wiping out hallmark features like the delicate Cupid's bow along the upper crest of the lip, or the crisp angles at the corners of the lip, Kim added.

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