Q: Dr. Eppley, I am 22 years old. My question is in regards to my face which is crooked. It does not have the best shape. The right side of my face is not equal with the left side. (see attached picture) Because my face does not look good, I have no confidence. Please suggest to me what I am supposed to do.Your advise is highly appreciated.
A: Your picture shows that you have significant facial asymmetry. The left side of your face shows hemifacial hypoplasia (hemifacial microsomia) as demonstrated by significant left chin deviation, a flattened left cheek and an inferiorly positioned (low) left eye and eyebrow. There are a variety of facial plastic surgery procedures that can help improve your facial asymmetry. Beginning from the bottom of your face and working up, the chin can be brought back to the facial midline by a sliding genioplasty, the left cheek built up by an implant, the eye raised up by an orbital floor implant with repositioning of the left canthus (corner of the eye) and the lower brow lifted by an endoscopic browlift. While all of them done together will produce the best degree of facial symmetry improvement, treatment of the chin and cheek asymmetries are the most important as well as the most improveable of the facial deficiences.
Dr. Barry Eppley
Q: Dr. Eppley, I want to get my forehead reduced so it can be the flattest it can be. However I’m not sure of which approach to take. I heard that with the burring its only a limit to how far you can take it but with the set back you can accomplish more with greater results. However from what I’m told the set back can’t be hidden well and you’ll be able to tell where your bone was broken removed and repaired with screws cements or whatever you guys use to hold it into its new position Is it an additional price from the average burring technique and do you also lift the bones of the eyebrows into a new place to heighten them or you just simply lift the muscle and skin around the bones to raise the brows.
A: Everything that you are saying or have heard about brow bone reduction is relatively true. It would be very rare that a burring technique alone can significantly reduce prominent brow bones or make them as flat as possible. Thus, the formal brow bone setback is the better procedure to do for maximal change.It is true that in the thinner-skinned forehead patient it may be possible to potentially see the outline of the brow bone work. But I have learned to lessen the likelihood of this problem by either avoiding or minimizing the use of any plates and screws (use mainly resorbable sutures if possible) , use only very miniature plates and screws (1mm profile) if they are used, be meticulous about contouring the surrounding bone into and around the setback area and using a thin film or overlay of hydroxyapatite cement over the setback area for smoothness. Whether a simultaneous internal browlift is done depends on the patient’s current eyebrow positions, the degree of brow bone reduction and the patient’s desires. The internal browlift is done by suturing the underside of the eyebrow area onto the bone of the osteotomized brow bone edges or to any fixation hardware used in the brow bone setback.
Dr. Barry Eppley