The Art of Lovely Lips
What is the definition of perfect lips? Is it the size, the shape, the softness, the way they’re positioned? Angelina Jolie has always been presented as the prototype of impeccable lip size and plumpness, but is it really what everyone thinks? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2016 lip augmentations in women were up 43 percent since the year 2000, with more than 27,000 lip procedures performed in the United States in 2015. A new study by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery put together focus groups to crack the ultimate riddle: What should the ideal female lips look like?
Dr. Brian J. F. Wong, MD, PhD, of the UC Irvine School of Medicine, and coauthors used focus groups of over 500 men and women, and morphed computed facial images of white women aged 18 – 25 to find out what dimensions create the most attractive lips in women.
And the results? The 1:2 lip ratio rules. In other words, women with a bottom lip twice the size of the top lip were considered more attractive than the ones with a different ratio. Angelina Jolie is a perfect fit for the 1:2 ratio, together with the Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson, as well as the super model Miranda Kerr.
The UC Irvine researchers also found out, however, that too much pout with the help of dermal fillers or cosmetic surgery is not the way to go. If women plump their lips too much, by more than 54 percent, it can make their faces look out of proportion and thus much less attractive. The so-called ‘trout pout’ has been widely discussed, usually with reference to excessive cosmetic enhancement, when the lips end up looking swollen rather than naturally plump, and disproportionate to the rest of the face.
“Using a statistically rigorous process with more than 500 participants in our focus group, we found that an optimum augmentation of 53.5%, an SA representing 9.6% of the lower third of the face, and an upper to lower lip ratio of 1:2 are viewed as most attractive and potentially ideal,” the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery study concluded.