What Can Be Done To Fix My Left Facial Asymmetry?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am 19 years old and have developed a problem with my face. It looks crooked and I don’t know why. I saw pictures of me before about 6 years ago and my face wasn’t crooked. So I’m kind of worried about what made it crooked. So can it be fixed?

A:  Thank you for sending your pictures. My assessment shows that your facial asymmetry is caused by a left-sided orbito-zygomatic deficiency. This is evident by a slightly lower eyebrow, a small amount of redundant upper eyelid skin, a lower globe (eyeball) position, a lower positioned lower eyelid and a small cheek bone on that side. This is caused by the underlying cheek and eye socket bones (orbito-zygomatic skeleton) being more underdeveloped than the right side. This makes the overlying soft tissues, including the eyeball, are positioned lower than the other side.

While this is a common facial skeletal deformity seen in cheek bone fractures, yours is clearly development and just grew that way. It has probably only become more evident as you are now nearing full facial skeletal development.

The facial asymmetry could be treated by a combination of procedures including a transpalpebral browlift through an upper eyelid incision (to lift the brow), orbital floor augmentation (to push the eyeball up), lateral canthoplasty (to reposition the outer corner of the lower eyelid) and a cheek implant. (to build up the smaller cheek area) I have attached some imaging which shows the predicted effect of those changes.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana