Facial Asymmetry Specialist
Asymmetrical Face Correction
The importance of facial symmetry is well known to have a major influence on how attractive one’s face is. The more symmetric two facial halves are, the more they are perceived as attractive, regardless if one is male or female. Of all the factors that contribute to the judgment of beauty, facial symmetry is typically rated the most important — even though most human faces have some form of asymmetry, which is often referred to as “character.”
While some facial asymmetry is acceptable to most people, maybe even desired, significant facial asymmetry can cause distress or even lead to low self-esteem. There is no precise quantitative measure of acceptable vs. non-acceptable amounts of facial asymmetry other than how bothersome it is to the patient. Regardless of how it is perceived by others, individual perception of facial asymmetry is the most important determinant of whether surgical correction should be attempted.
Facial Asymmetry Assessment
Most facial asymmetry problems rarely affect just one facial area. Often it may really be the whole side of the face from the forehead down through the chin. Some asymmetries really require close inspection to see their full extent. In most cases the problem is one of underdevelopment (hypoplasia) rather than overgrowth (hyperplasia) of tissues.
Many typical facial asymmetry problems include such issues as chin/jawline deviation, vertical facial shortening, cheek retrusion, orbital floor/eye displacement, eyebrow lowering, forehead and brow bone protrusion or retrusions and nasal deviations.
How to Fix Asymmetrical Face
Facial asymmetry surgery can include changes to the skull, forehead, eyebrows, brow bones, temples, ears, eyelids, nose, cheeks, lips, chin, jawline and neck. Facial asymmetry procedures include the following:
- Chin Implants
- Forehead/Brow Augmentation
- Cheek Augmentation/Reduction
- Buccal Lipectomies/Perioral Mound Liposuction
- Jawline/Jaw Angle Reduction and Narrowing
- Temporal Line Augmentation/reduction
- Eyelid Canthoplasties/Canthopexies
- Orbital Floor/Rim Augmentation
- Jawline Implant Augmentation
- Submental/Neck Liposuction
- Lip/Corner of Mouth Lifts
- Orbital Rim Reshaping
- Bony Genioplasty
- Fat Injections
Before Facial Asymmetry Surgery
A thorough assessment of the entire face from the skull down through the jawline using photographs and computer imaging is an essential diagnosis and treatment planning step. In some cases, a 3D CT scan may be very helpful to what is seen in the physical examination or photographic analysis. These assessments are necessary to determine what exact procedure(s) would be beneficial and which ones would have the greatest impact on improving facial symmetry. A list of all structures contributing to the asymmetry is made and ordered in priority of importance to the patient. Then the appropriate procedures are matched to the diagnosis list. The patient then gets to choose which procedures they value and feel will make the greatest amount of improvement. In some cases, all selected procedures may be done at once and in other cases the patient may choose to do a staged approach.
Facial Asymmetry – The Operation
All facial asymmetry surgery procedures are performed under general anesthesia, and certain patients will require an overnight stay in the facility, depending on the number of facial procedures performed and whether they are traveling alone or with someone. Each facial asymmetry surgery procedure involves different techniques; many include the use of bone or implants while others are performed using more traditional aesthetic surgery techniques such as soft tissue suspension or fat removal.
After Facial Asymmetry Surgery
While facial asymmetry surgery may involve a single procedure, more commonly it includes multiple facial procedures. As a result, the aftereffects such as facial swelling and bruising vary significantly from patient to patient. The length of recovery is not based on pain but rather on swelling and the time it takes to look more normal again. It could take anywhere from two to three weeks for one to feel completely comfortable being in public without having noticeable signs of surgery. Risks and complications from any facial asymmetry surgery procedure are individual; most of these are listed in this website under the individual procedure listings. The most important thing to understand is that facial asymmetry surgery is about lessening the degree of asymmetry; perfect facial symmetry is usually not possible. In many patients, it may take more than one surgery to attain the best possible result.
To view results from Dr. Eppley’s previous patients, visit our asymmetrical face surgery before and after photo gallery.
How Much Does Facial Asymmetry Surgery Cost?
Facial asymmetry surgery cost needs to be determined individually during a one-on-one consultation with your plastic surgeon. Facial asymmetry is unique to each patient so the number and complexity of the procedures required will differ greatly in each case. Additional cost considerations include the experience of the cosmetic surgeon and any hospital or facility fees required.