In the world of modern-day plastic surgery, anything is fixable, including your lips. However, choosing which lip-style you like best may be difficult. A new study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery may have a solution for you. The researchers had a focus group look at 100 photos of women with various lip dimensions in order to find which lip shape and size was deemed the most attractive. Here’s what they found: According to the study, the most attractive lips were found to be those with a 53.5 percent increase in surface area from the original image.
These had a one to two ratio of upper to lower lip, and lips which made up about 10 percent of the lower third of the face. In other words, men and women alike seem to agree that bigger, but not too big, was better for lip size. The diagram below better shows the results of the study.
Photo Courtesy of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery Lips with the ratio 1:2 were deemed to be the most attractive.What is most interesting about these findings is that the 1:2 ratio is against the current trend of plastic surgery lip augmentation that usually favors a visibly fuller upper lip, Today reported. “We advocate preservation of the natural ratio or achieving a one to two ratio in lip augmentation procedures while avoiding the overfilled upper lip look frequently seen among celebrities,” the authors concluded in a press release.
Kylie Jenner, who advertises her own lip kit, might want to take note. She recently confessed that she was “obsessed” with making her lips bigger. Of course, the study noted a number of limitations. For example, the lip examples were only based on natural features of Caucasian women. However, this may be due to the fact that 70 percent of individuals who augment their lips are white women, The Daily Mail reported. In addition, because there are no guidelines for modifying lip surface area, the augmentation in the morphed faces were generated based on clinical experience of what seemed to be physically possible.