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Invited Commentary
Jul/Aug 2017

Defining the Perfect Mouth

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • 2Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery LLC, Carmel, Indiana
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2017;19(4):268. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.2263

Solidifying the aesthetic definition of beautiful lips has been a prominent and timely quest in light of the rapid expansion in popularity of injectable fillers. Our ability to contour and define the perioral region has led to an ever-younger population seeking not only rejuvenation but also reshaping of natural anatomy. Led by celebrity experience and social media discussion, requests are routinely made for injectables to shape the appearance of named celebrities’ lips. Consumer demand has led to an increasing body of literature, seeking to quantify a uniform scale for assessment of lip fullness.1,2 Moving beyond the ability to describe the volumetric improvements, we next seek to identify and describe what ideal outcome we want to achieve.