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Asymmetrical Face: Why It Happens And How To Fix It

After advancements in medicine, scientists have studied attraction to rule out the cause of interest of people. They learned what is appealing for most people and why.

According to research, many factors make a person look attractive. Some are attractive because of their body shape, and some are because of the way they dress.

And finally, face symmetry plays a vital role in one’s attraction.

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What is an asymmetrical face?

asymmetrical face comparison infographic

Symmetry is when your body parts are mirror images of each other. So, an asymmetrical face means that your face doesn’t, to a regular extent, mirror each other.

Sometimes you look at your face in a mirror or a photograph, and you notice that your facial feature is not aligning. Parts of your face do not line up with each other in a perfect way.

One side of your nose is maybe a bit sharper than the other one; one eye may be wider than the other, one ear beginning at a higher point than the other.

In most cases, it is unnoticeable. At every age, you have some asymmetry in your face. The asymmetry that is not noticeable by others is mild and completely normal, and there is nothing to worry about.

But if your face was symmetrical before, and now you notice an asymmetry.

In that case, it might be a sign of any serious medical condition like face paralysis or facial nerve palsy. It needs proper medical attention to prevent long-term complications.

The asymmetrical face is a common condition. You call a look asymmetrical when one side of your face does not match the other side of your face. Some people seek treatments for this condition, like dermal fillers and surgeries.

According to studies, mild asymmetry is normal and desirable for most people. But noticeable asymmetry may be severe and needs medical attention.

What are the causes of asymmetrical faces?

There are many causes of the asymmetrical face.

Genetics

In many cases, asymmetrical face us due to any developmental abnormality. It might be related to your genes. If someone from your family has an asymmetrical face, then you can also end up with this. If your father or mother has some asymmetry in their face, like one ear more significant than the other, one eye wider than the other, then there are chances that you can also have them. Conditions like cleft lip and palate are the conditions that are related to your genes resulting in an asymmetrical face.

Smoking

Frequent smoking will expose your face to deadly toxins. According to some studies, there is evidence of a correlation between smoking and asymmetrical facial features. A chronic smoker can start noticing a change in symmetry of their face, mainly in their teeth and lips.

Sun exposure

When you expose your skin to the scorching heat of the sun frequently, then the ultraviolet rays from the sun can result in the formation of patches and moles on your skin. Sun rays are never equally distributed on your body. Sun rays can sometimes damage one side of the face more prominently than the other, making your face look asymmetrical.

Aging

Increasing age can result in wrinkling, sometimes prominent on one side of the face. It can alter the average balance of your face making your face asymmetrical.

Dental work

Tooth extraction can damage the symmetry of your teeth, impacting the balance of your face making it look asymmetrical. Getting dentures or braces can also result in the asymmetry of one side of your face when that side is not the mirror image of the other.

Injury

Any injury in childhood, like injury to your lips, nose, and eyes, can permanently damage that part of the face, making that side of your face look asymmetrical.

Daily life habits

Your habits like sleeping position, posture, resting your head against any hard object, the way you sit can result in an asymmetry in your face and body. If you are aware of the causes, then it is best to avoid them.

Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s Palsy is the condition that usually affects the lower one half of your face, mainly affecting the angle of your mouth and absence of nasolabial fold on one side. It is a medical condition affecting the symmetry of your face. It occurs due to any viral infection or in pregnancy. Side effects are temporary, and you can treat them with steroids. But if you don’t seek proper medical treatment, then it can result in permanent deformity.

Torticollis

The word torticollis means crooked neck. It is a condition in which your neck is twisted. It causes your neck to rest in an abnormal position. It is a condition that can affect you when you are in the womb, but mostly its effects are temporary.

Stroke

It is a condition that can result in numbness of your face and damage to your nasolabial fold. It can also result in limb weakness and speech difficulties.

Chewing

As we know, chewing bubble gum changes the contour of your face, but if your chew from one side only, then it can result in asymmetry of that side of the face.

Sleeping

Always sleeping on one side can damage the facial muscles of that side, resulting in an asymmetrical face.

Poor Posture

Poor posture like resting your face against any hard object or resting your face on your hand can result in an imbalance of that side of the face making your face look asymmetrical. One side of your face is not exactly the mirror image of the other side.

How common is this condition?

According to research, an asymmetrical face is a common condition. Studies show that asymmetrical face is more common among dental patients. When these researchers check the radiography of these patients, they found that the prevalence rate among them was above 50 percent. It means that asymmetry is a more common condition than people think.

asymmetrical face guy

How to test if your face is asymmetrical?

At your home, you can figure out if your face is symmetrical or asymmetrical. You can evaluate it through a printed photo of yours. Check the following points in your image. And label them with a marker.

  • Check the peak of your forehead and the bottom of your chin. It can make you check your vertical symmetry.
  • Check the crease on the lateral side of your eyes.
  • Check the crease of your eyes where they begin on each side of your nose
  • Check the crease at the point where your lips start on both sides.
  • Check the widest point of your face to see the horizontal symmetry of your face.
  • Look for the widest part on both sides of your face
  • Use the ruler to mark two points vertically and two points horizontally to check the vertical and horizontal symmetry of the face.
  • There are online sites in which you can check the symmetry of your face by adding your photo there. These can help you evaluate your beauty and attractiveness. You can find out the attractive parts of your face.

How to treat an asymmetrical face?

Following procedures are helpful to treat the asymmetrical face.

Fillers

Insertion of a filler in your face through the injection can correct the asymmetry of your face. Botox or fillers are helpful to raise your eyebrow that is not even. It is also beneficial for the forehead, with wrinkling on only one side of the face. Botox is helpful to fill your lips. These are important to treat facial asymmetry occurring from tissue imbalance or due to any muscle weakness. But it is not a long-lasting treatment. Results will fade soon.

Facial implants

An asymmetrical face can also occur because of an abnormality in the skeleton of your face. Facial implants are helpful in this case. This treatment is essential in case of asymmetry in your cheek or chin. It is a permanent treatment. these implants consist of

  • Silicone
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Proteins
  • Gel

Rhinoplasty for nose

If the cause of your asymmetrical face is your broken nose, then rhinoplasty is essential to set this condition. Or in the cases when you do not like the shape of your nose, then a corrective rhinoplasty is helpful. This process is also known as the nose job. It can make your nose look symmetrical. It is a permanent procedure. But in some cases, your nose can regain its shape with passing time. In that case, contact your doctor.

Facial exercises

Facial exercises can make your face look symmetrical. If you have an asymmetrical face because of muscle weakness, then facial exercise is helpful in this condition. But there is no research supporting this treatment.

Takeaway message

The asymmetrical face is a common condition. There are many causes of this condition. It may be genetic or due to an underlying disease like stroke or bell’s palsy. But if you notice an asymmetry in your face, then there is nothing to worry about. It would be helpful if you got proper medical attention to get your attractiveness back.

You can rule it out at your home through a photograph of yours. And there are home remedies like facial exercise that can help you resolve it. And if it does not resolve, seek medical attention properly.

References

Thiesen, G., Gribel, B. F., & Freitas, M. P. (2015). Facial asymmetry: a current review. Dental press journal of orthodontics20(6), 110–125. https://doi.org/10.1590/2177-6709.20.6.110-125.sar

Cheong, Y. W., & Lo, L. J. (2011). Facial asymmetry: etiology, evaluation, and management. Chang Gung medical journal34(4), 341–351.

Bishara, S. E., Burkey, P. S., & Kharouf, J. G. (1994). Dental and facial asymmetries: a review. The Angle orthodontist64(2), 89–98. https://doi.org/10.1043/0003-3219(1994)064<0089:DAFAAR>2.0.CO;2

Dr. Mariyam Fatima M.B.B.S
Mariyam Fatima M.B.B.S. is working as PGR (Post Graduate Resident/Registrar) of Internal Medicine in Nishtar Hospital Multan - one of the most prestigious institutions in Pakistan. She belongs to the rare progeny of healthcare professionals registered with the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) as Registered Medical Practitioners (RMPs). In her free time, she’s a reader and an aspiring author.

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