The mouth possesses several social attributes. More than just a simple tool for communication, it is a symbol of beauty and sensuality. Aesthetic surgery can prolong your mouth’s youthfulness.
The lips, a symbol of youth.

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The mouth is a symbol of youth, attraction and sensuality. It should be well formed, and the lips clearly defined and plump.
The lips are made up of an external face, with a structure identical to the skin, the white lap, which blends into the vermillion or red of the lip, whose colour depends on the abundance of blood vessels.
The median zone of the upper lip, the philtrum, is limited by two vertical crests called the philtral crests or ridges.
The red lip (or vermillion) is separated from the white lip by a balanced, well-defined bulge (called ‘cupid’s bow’ for the upper lip).

Proportions of an ideal mouth

– Plump lips.
– The upper lip should not be more than 2/3 of the size of the lower lip.
– The height of the upper lip should be 10-20% less than that of the lower lip.
– The upper lip projects 2mm beyond the lower lip.
– The upper lip is longer than the lower lip and has an M shape.
– The lower lip has a W shape.
– The white lip is concave and the red lip convex.
– The Cupid’s bow is well defined and the philtral crests well highlighted.
– The summit of the Cupid’s bow passes through the centre of the nostrils.
– The edges of the labial commissures pass through the centre of the iris.
– The naso-labial angle is between 90°-95° among men and 110°-120° among women.
– The width of the lips should be equal to the distance between the two pupils.
– In relation to Ricketts’ Line E (a line traced from the tip of the nose to the pogonium, the lower lip should lie 2mm behind this line, and the upper lip 4mm behind it.
– Steinert’s line S (an oblique line traced from the pogonium to the middle of the columella) must touch along both lips and allow us to see if the relationship between the upper and lower lip is correct.
– Respect the golden number proportions :
if we give a value of 1 to the base of the nose at the columella, the width of the mouth will be 1.6.
if we give a value of 1 to the distance columella-upper lip.
the distance between the lower lip and chin tip will be 1.6.

Different volumes and shapes of lips

A scale exists to show the lip volumes on the face and in profile :
Photo plump natural lips paris

photo scale of the volume of the lips paris

Different shapes of lips exist:
Heart shaped lips: clearly defined contour, the upper lip has a well-defined Cupid’s bow and vermillion, and both lips have a similar volume.
photo heart shaped lips
Ellipse shaped lips: thick, very pronounced lips, which project forwards, their significant volume blurs the classic shape of lips, and the cupid’s bow and vermillion are well defined.
photo ellipse shaped lipsRibbon shaped lips: narrow shaped lips with a subtle contour, regular appearance and which are less voluminous than others. The volume of the upper lip is slightly greater than the lower lip.
photo ribban shaped lips
Bow shaped lips: elongated, regular shape, and average volume, the lips look wide and almost ‘stretched’, there is a wide Cupid’s bow, and the volume of the lower lip tends to be greater than the upper lip.
photo bow shaped lips
Apple shaped lips: rounded shape, and very centred, the Cupid’s bow is flexible and well defined.
photo apple shaped lips

What aesthetic medicine can do for your mouth at the Parisian clinic

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Hyaluronic acid injections

Hyaluronic acid injections to the lips are administered via needle or cannula. Personally, I prefer to use a cannula because it avoids having to jab the lips too many times, and reduces the risk of bruising in this very sensitive zone. Injections to the rear of the orbicular muscle cause a ‘turning out’ or eversion of the lip, whilst injections to the mucous and hem of the lip increase the height of the red of the lip.

schema aesthetic and anatomy of lips
The injected product must be very supple and flexible, and several products exist which have been specifically conceived for this function such as Emervel lips.

Lip lift

A tensile thread can be used to raise the upper lip by shortening the white lip and increasing the red. The act is performed under local anaesthetic.The tensile thread is inserted at a point under the nasal pillar, and it orients the upper lip towards the edge of the naso-genien groove.

Instructions of cosmetic lip treatment

– Definition of the philtral crests.

photo before and after cosmetic treatment of lips in paris with hyaluronic acid philtral crests

– Augmentation of upper and/or lower lip volume.
photo before and after cosmetic treatment of lips in paris with hyaluronic acid lips augmentation

– Outline definition
photo before and after cosmetic treatment of lips in paris with hyaluronic acid lips outline definition

– Turning out of the upper and/or lower lip
photo before and after cosmetic treatment of lips in paris with hyaluronic acid plump lips

– Mouth enlargement – it is possible to enlarge it by several millimetres
photo before and after cosmetic treatment of lips in paris with hyaluronic acid mouth enlargement

– Treatment of sagging labial commissures, following an age-related fall or droop
photo before and after cosmetic treatment of lips in paris with hyaluronic acid labial commissures

Aesthetic treatment for lip plumping : before and after photos

Aesthetic treatment for lip plumping paris before and after photos

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Solutions for your smile at the Paris medical aesthetic clinic

Dr Philips, an aesthetic dentist in Toronto, has provided a methodical classification to identify different types of smile.
– Commisural smile, the most common:
photo types of smiles paris commisural smile aestheticThe commissures lift towards the exterior, and the upper lip lifts to expose the upper incisors. The commissures lift by 7 to 22mm at an angle of 40 degrees in relation to the horizontal, and reach above the upper lip. This is called the Cupid’s bow smile.

– The cuspid smile is the second most common:
photo types of smiles paris cuspid smile aestheticcharacterised by a raised upper lip, revealing the incisors and canines, followed by movement of the commissures. The commissures usually remain lower than the upper lip. This is called a diamond form smile.

– The complex smile, rare:
photo types of smiles paris complex smile aestheticthe lips draw back at the same time in all directions: the upper lip is raised, the lower lip descends and the commissures move.

The role of aesthetic medicine

Depending on facial anatomy and the type of smile, tensile threads, hyaluronic acid and botulinum toxin can be used to change the smile.
This page is purely informative, in accordance with the guidelines of the Ordre of Doctors.It is not a publicity for treatments .

Applications of facial aesthetic medicine

occidentalisation visage asiatique

Westernisation of Asian features

visage féminisation

Feminization of facial features

masculinisation visage

Masculinisation of male faces

beautofocation visage esthétique

BeautiPHIcation of faces

visage profil esthétique

Improve face profile

babyface visage bébé

The babyface

injections rides du lions

Frown lines 

injections botox rides fronts

Forehead wrinkles 

injections rides pattes oies

Crow’s feet wrinkles

sourire gingival botulique

Gummy smile 

affiner visage botox injections

Slim down the face, have a v-shaped face

injections botox bunnies lines


botox botulique bruxisme

Treatment for teeth-grinding

plis amertume

Bitterness folds

lèvres vieillissement

Ageing lips and upper lip lines or ‘barcode’ lips

joues creuses

Sunken cheeks and creased cheekbones

rides du sourire

Smile lines



front acide hyaluronique

Forehead and hyaluronic acid





tempes creuses

Sunken temples

sillon naso-génien

Naso labial folds


Medical rhinoplasty

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