Q: Dr. Eppley, One is I feel I have significant facial asymmetry. Everyone tells me it is not but for some reason I feel like it is. Another problem that I have is that I do not feel like my face is lean enough. I am very skinny but I still feel like my face is not lean. I think one reason may be that my cheekbones are not very prominent. I feel like surgery should be a very last resort since I am only 19 years old but I was wondering if there was anything I could do to make my cheekbones more prominent such as exercises or something. People tell me that I already have a good jawline but I just don’t know what to do. If you could please answer me, it would be much appreciated. I have seen pictures of your work and I think it is just wonderful. That is another question. If I have the cheekbone surgery or any surgery, I am afraid that I will look fake or like plastic. I know that sounds rude or disrespectful and I’m sorry but looking real or fake scares me. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
A:Thank you for sending your pictures. I think what creates your face asymmetry is that your left eye has a lower eyelid position and has more scleral show.
I would agree that to make your face appear more lean that cheek implants would be helpful. You can not exercise your cheeks to make them bigger. The key to achieving a natural look is to have cheek implants that are more modest in size.
Dr. Barry Eppley