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    Attractive vs. artificial lips


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    “First, as expected, the younger observers’ perception of ‘natural’ and ‘attractive’ appears to be for a bigger lip than for older observers,” Dr. Kim says. 

    Second, the artificial appearance of an over-enhanced upper lip “can be corrected by over-enhancing the lower lip, as long as the height of the lower lip is 1.6 times the height of the upper lip,” Dr. Kim says.

    Based on the survey, “the perceptual threshold for attractive lips and artificial lips are not determined strictly on the dimension of the lips alone,” Dr. Kim says.

    Dr. Kim says future consideration should include cultural and ethnic background because they can also influence aesthetic perception. “Just as we demonstrated the difference in perception of lips between different age groups, we expect there will be significant differences in perception for the observers, based on their cultural trend and ethnic backgrounds.”


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