Facial Asymmetry

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have what to me is extreme facial asymmetry, and have wondered all of my life if anyone could correct my face. I destroy all pictures of myself I am so ashamed of what I look like. Is there anything you can do for me? If I take a reverse picture using a mirror, I look pretty normal ( pictures attached). Is there a way I can look like that without using a mirror to reverse my image? Thank you very much. 

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures for assessment of your facial asymmetry. In critically looking at your pictures, I see four very specific difference between the two sides of your face. They include the following and are based the way I am seeing the picture (which may well be reversed in real life based on how the picture was taken)

1) Cupid’s bow asymmetry of the upper lip. The right of the cupid’s bow is lower than the left. (correction – cupid’s bow vermilion advancement)

2 Nostril asymmetry. The left nasal base is wider and more elevated than that of the right side. (correction – left alar base lowering and inward relocation)

3) Left eye asymmetry. You have a significant left lower eyelid ectropion/sagging) This is probably the one facial feature that is the oat obvious. (correction – lateral canthoplasty and lower eyelid repositioning)

4) Left eyebrow asymmetry. The left eyebrow is lower than the right. (correction – left endoscopic browlift)

When these four facial asymmetries are out together it can create a rather significant facial asymmetry.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana