Does My Jaw Asymmetry Need Surgery or Can It Be Improved By Exercises?
Q: Dr. Eppley, Hi there, I had some issues with my facial asymmetries especially in my jaw. I am a university student in my second year, and am 19 years old. I started to notice it about a year ago where I started to take pictures using the back camera which accentuated the asymmetrical jaw in picture and I grew more insecure because of it. I wanted to simply consult and ask of the severity and if there would be anything I could do as a young man in my final developing stage before it’s fixated and permanent. Would you recommend any types of exercises or medications prior to resorting to plastic surgery? I would highly appreciate an honest assessment and advice.
A: Bony jaw asymmetry can only be improved by surgery not exercises. Whether that would be by orthognathic surgery or onlay implant augmentation requires a 3D CT scan to evaluate.
Dr. Barry Eppley
World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon