The anatomy of the lips is truly an integral part of overall facial beauty good face wash for dry skin. Historically, the nomenclature of the upper lip (containing the rose colored vermilion and the Cupid’s bow outlined by the vermilion border and white roll) has been confused with the mustached upper lip which represents the area between the nasal base and the vermilion border containing the philtrum and philtral columns. The major bulk of the upper and lower lip is from the large orbicularis oris muscle ring around the mouth. Its height extends from the base of the nose down to the upper and middle four third junction of the chin.
The labial ledge is the area of the upper lip between the nasal base and the vermilion. An attractive labial ledge has the following characteristics.
1. Proportional length: The distance, in mm, from alar base to alar base horizontal should be the same or shorter than the horizontal gaze distance, in mm, from the ocular supratarsal crease to the lower lid lash line.
2. There should be two distinctive physical columns and a concave philtral dimple.
3. The lip should have a distinctive Cupid’s bow with a slight pout or upward tilt from the commissure to the Cupid’s peak of 10-20 degrees. There should be a distinct white roll-flare vermilion border.
4. The upper lip should be smaller but precedes or protrudes than the lower lip.
5. The width of the philtrum, at the junction with the vermilion, is 10-11 mm and distinctive.
The height of the lip in the “most attractive face” is less than that of the “attractive face,” but the vermilion border has a longer arc and is higher.
A beautiful upper lip has an important ratio. The distance from the base of the nose to the central upper lip should be the same or shorter than the distance from the lower lid lash line to the central upper eyelid crease while in horizontal gaze.