Q: For most of my life I have considered myself ugly. I avoid having pictures taken and I most certainly don’t look at them if they have to be taken. I have a total lack of confidence and this has definitely poses problems in my personal relationships. I don’t know what it is about my face but it just doesn’t look right. I am only 29 but I look much older. My eye area looks droopy and old and may face looks thin and distorted. I have attached some pictures for you to see and review. What would you recommend to help me look better ?
A: When someone doesn’t like their face, particularly at a young age, this indicates that the problems are with how it is put together (structural components) not that it is has early aging. This means the underlying structures that make up the shape and highlights of the face which are largely bone and cartilage. In reviewing your pictures, I can see that your face has unbalanced structures which include low hanging brows, a broad and prominent nose, hollow cheeks, and a wide and long chin. The combination of these features creates an overall facial look that you do not like. Procedures such as an endoscopic browlift, rhinoplasty, cheek implants and chin reduction collectively would make a major change in how your face looks. It would lend a softer and more youthful due to a better balance of your facial features. Computer imaging with these changes would demonstrate their potential benefit in changing the shape of your face.
Dr. Barry Eppley