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Efficacy of an Over-the-counter Lip Enhancer in Lip Augmentation

Samson Lee, MD; Sam P. Most, MD
Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2005;7(3):203-205. doi:10.1001/archfaci.7.3.203.
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Lip augmentation has become an increasingly popular procedure over the past decade, coinciding with the increased emphasis placed on larger, fuller lips in the public media.1-2 New advances in synthetic materials have created a plethora of choices for both the facial plastic surgeon and consumers who choose to undergo lip augmentation.3 There has also been an increasing trend and emphasis on less invasive techniques for facial rejuvenation coinciding with the increase in popularity and publicity of cosmetic surgery. Many manufacturers have attempted to parlay the public’s desire for quick and painless methods for cosmetic enhancement into unregulated sale of over-the-counter noninvasive products with the promise of results similar to time-tested surgical and nonsurgical methods. We chose to examine one such product that offers a quick and painless method of providing lip augmentation. We undertook a prospective study of 7 patients to determine if this product offered quantitative results based on measurements of digital photographs taken before and after the procedure.

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Figure. Lip measurements used in the present study. A, Measurements from the anteroposterior view: (1) midline white lip, (2) lateral white lip, (3) total midline red lip, (4) total lateral red lip; reference line at nasal base is shown in red. B, Measurements taken from the lateral view: (1) upper lip projection and (2) lower lip projection.

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