Most of us assume that our faces are naturally symmetrical. We have two eyes and two ears, after all. Our noses and mouths are roughly in the center of our faces. Yet, if you look into your front-facing camera as a mirror, or get a photograph taken and study it afterwards you may notice that your face has asymmetrical features and begin to question if this is normal?
Is this something you should worry about? Is there a way to fix this in extreme cases? Will you need a rhinoplasty procedure? Many people worry about facial asymmetry, so you’re not alone if you’ve had these questioning thoughts. You should wait a minute before you find yourself asking “do I need a chin implant or nose job?” Even if you need to start looking for otoplasty in Toronto, let’s talk about the truth when it comes to facial symmetry. It’s important to first understand what causes asymmetry, and if it is something to worry about, something normal, or something that qualifies for plastic surgery including otoplasty surgery, chin augmentations or a rhinoplasty.
What Causes Asymmetry
We’ll get this out of the way very clearly before you start rushing to look for otoplasty in Toronto or have yourself feeling down looking at pictures. Pretty much everyone out there has some degree of asymmetry to their face and this is normal. The idea that faces need to be perfectly symmetrical is a myth, and often a skewed perception in Hollywood or glamorous magazines . Only if you have very severe asymmetry in your face, should you even start to worry about questions such as if you need a chin implant, or whether you need to look into rhinoplasty procedures, or consult a doctor for treatment plans.
The more severe asymmetry issues are generally caused by genetics. If your family tends to a particular kind of asymmetry, it’s not strange in this case, that you would have it too.
Many people also find that their face becomes more asymmetrical as they age. This is often perfectly normal. As we age, we may find that the cartilage in our ears and nose may start to develop asymmetrically. We may also find that as the collagen under our skin starts to break down, it can do so more on one side of the face than the other.
That said, many lifestyle choices can cause facial asymmetry. Excessive smoking or exposure to sunlight can lead to damage to the skin, causing asymmetry. Even the position you sleep in might cause minor facial asymmetry over time.
Injury can also cause asymmetry. If one part of your face is damaged, it could lead to an asymmetrical appearance when it heals. A common example of this would be a broken nose. This can happen in more subtle ways as well. For example, if you get dental work done, it can change the appearance of your jawline on one side of your face.
When Should I Worry About Facial Asymmetry
The only one who can answer this question is you. As mentioned, no one on earth has a perfectly symmetrical face. If they did, people would find it creepy rather than attractive!
Of course, if you have a very visible asymmetry such as ears that don’t match or a crooked nose, you may be self-conscious of it. If you feel like your asymmetry stands out too much and you’re ready to make a decision that you’ve been thinking about for a while, a plastic surgeon can provide you with plenty of options to achieve your desired look.
What Are My Options For Asymmetry?
Just because you have an asymmetrical face doesn’t mean that you are stuck with it. Improving facial symmetry is simply a case of identifying the issue, then scheduling a consultation with an experienced, and board certified plastic surgeon.
If you have a crooked nose, a rhinoplasty procedure can help create a sleeker profile. If you have a weak chin, a chin implant can help give a straight definition. If your ears are misaligned, there are otoplasty procedures that can help make them symmetrical. Even if you can’t pinpoint an exact issue, a facial plastic surgeon can use dermal fillers to create a more streamlined appearance or suggest a facial lift or eye brow lift.
Looking for otoplasty in Toronto to help correct asymmetrical ears? Want to know if you need a chin implant or a rhinoplasty procedure? Don’t hesitate to contact us right away to book your consultation.