To develop the Lip Fullness Grading Scale for objective quantification of lip volume for a reliable assessment and to establish the reliability of this photonumeric scale for clinical research and practice.
A 5-point photonumeric rating scale was developed to objectively quantify fullness of upper and lower lip separately. Nine experts rated photographs of 35 subjects, twice, separately for upper and lower lip. Inter- and intrarater variability was assessed by computing intraclass correlation coefficients.
Agreement between the experts was high. Bubble plots (bivariate scatter plots) demonstrated linearity in judgment by the experts.
The 5-point photonumeric scale generated spans the fullness of the upper and lower lip for which patients commonly seek correction. This scale is well stratified, with low intra- and interrater variability.
*Department of Dermatology and Skin Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; †Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; ‡Research and Development, Merz Pharmaceuticals, Greensboro, North Carolina; §Department of Dermatology, University of California at Los Angeles, California; ¶Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Klinik für Dermatologie, Division of Evidence Based Medicine (dEBM), Berlin, Germany; ∥AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery, Englewood, and Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado; #Division of Cosmetic Sciences University of Hamburg, Germany; **Department of Dermatology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Cary Skin Center, Cary, North Carolina; ††Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of California at San Francisco, California; ‡‡Rosenparkklinik GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany; §§Canfield Scientific, Fairfield, NJ
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Drs. Alastair Carruthers, Jean Carruthers, Derek Jones, Berthold Rzany, Joel Cohen, Martina Kerscher, Timothy Corcoran Flynn, Corey Maas, and Gerhard Sattler are paid consultants to Merz Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Bhushan Hardas, Dr. Mandeep Kaur, Dr. Roman Goertelmeyer, Dr. Alexander Gebauer, Dr. Rainer Pooth, Kathleen McClure, and Ulli Simone-Korbel are employees of Merz Pharmaceuticals. Larry Buchner is an employee of Canfield Scientific.