The Attractive Face

The Science of Beauty, Understood at Last

Full, Sensual Mouth

There's a reason women covet Angelina Jolie's pout: Studies show that full lips are associated with beauty and youth. But we've all seen women with over-injected, artificial looking "duck lips," – a failed attempt at attractiveness. Lip enhancement in Chicago with Dr. McCullom is not a guessing game; it's a balance of science and artistry, research and experience.


Facial Aesthetics Chicago

Proportion, Height, and Volume

In general, studies show that the proportions of the attractive mouth are 1/3 upper lip and 2/3 lower lip. Additionally, a recent Danish study indicates that upper lip height is one of the features that most influences a woman’s perceived age. Dr. McCullom specializes in natural looking lip augmentation with filler injections in Chicago. He uses fillers such as Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® to create a balanced, youthful and natural look. Learn more about lip augmentation.

Wrinkles Around Mouth

Wrinkles around the mouth, sometimes called smoker’s lines, can be problems for smokers and non-smokers. They are actually more associated with the aging process than smoking. These fine lines occur as the lips atrophy and make the mouth and face appear aged. Dr. McCullom treats these lines using the microcanula to dissect right under the skin in combination with a specialized filler, Belotero®, which is great for treating fine lines.

Lip Fullness

Lip fullness is one of the key indicators of youthfulness. Young lips are full and have a gentle, ‘cupid’s bow’, while older lips begin to flatten into thin straight lines. It’s important to treat lips artfully, avoiding a plastic, overdone look.

Shadows Around Mouth

Shadows and lines around the mouth, called “marionette lines”, occur with age as we lose fat in our face. These are treated with fillers placed just under the skin and sometimes accompanied by non-surgical chin augmentation, also with fillers.

Smooth Skin Around the Mouth

The size and shape of the lips are only part of the picture. Lines, folds and wrinkles around the mouth can detract from the youthful look that we know is attractive. Dermal fillers such as RADIESSE® or Perlane® can help soften these signs of aging, and showcase a more youthful mouth and lower face. Dr. McCullom uses a new tool called a microcannula to treat wrinkles around the mouth. The microcannula is placed just under the skin and using a fanning technique similar to liposuction, Dr. McCullom can iron fine lines and wrinkles that were difficult to treat with traditional injection methods.