Your face is often the first trait people notice about you. They say first impressions count, and facial features that are smooth, sculpted, and defined often make for a stunning impression. Beauty trends may be constantly evolving and changing, but people all over the globe are seeking out a certain facial balance that embodies beauty, harmony, youth, and vitality.
As we age, thinning skin or other issues may cause facial asymmetry to increase, especially in features like the nose, eyebrows, and cheeks. While subtle, these changes can lead to a feeling of general unattractiveness and a loss of self-confidence. Fortunately, there are several procedures available that can restore a sense of balance in your facial features for ultimate rejuvenation and a youthful appearance.
What Is Facial Symmetry?
From architecture to fashion, symmetry is often thought of as one of the highest ideals of beauty and elegance. Symmetry in the prominent features of the face—such as the eyes, cheekbones, and nose—means these features harmonize to create an appearance that is pleasant and attractive to the eye.
Generally speaking, the more symmetrical your features are, the more attractive you are deemed to be. Our eyes naturally seek out symmetry in nearly everything we see and experience, suggesting we may be “hard-wired” to prefer symmetry. Cultures all over the world are drawn to strong, symmetrical features, which often give an impression of health, according to several studies.
Some asymmetry is normal, but facial features that are noticeably asymmetrical will often catch the eye in a negative manner. Recent studies have also shown that facial asymmetry begins to increase with age, with the greatest changes affecting the eyebrows, nose, and chin.
Asymmetry can also contribute to other signs of aging, such as sagging tissue or deep lines, leading to a generally “older” appearance.
How to Achieve Facial Symmetry
Cosmetic surgery can help correct issues with facial symmetry to better balance out your facial features. Your surgeon will conduct an examination that will help him address your concerns and decide on the best way to achieve your goals.
Procedures vary based on each patient and their unique anatomy, but there is a variety of options available to help restore balance in your facial features:
Otoplasty: Commonly referred to as ear surgery, an otoplasty is used to correct issues with large, protruding, or misshapen ears. This procedure can address ears that are too large, deformed, have torn or damaged ear cartilage, or need to be realigned
An otoplasty is conducted by making incisions around the ears, which allows for the cartilage to be manipulated to the desired ear shape. Recovery typically takes about two weeks and results are permanent.
Eyelid Surgery: This procedure is also known as a blepharoplasty, and is used to enhance and rejuvenate the eye area. Eyelids that sag and droop can benefit from the procedure. It also reduces the appearance of dark circles or puffiness around the eyes as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
Eyelid surgery can drastically improve facial symmetry by brightening up the eye area and correcting any issues that contribute to a tired or worn out appearance.
Rhinoplasty: Also referred to as a nose job, a rhinoplasty is used to sculpt and shape the nose for a more attractive contour. A nose that is too large or disproportionate to the rest of the face can have a substantially negative effect on facial balance. Rhinoplasty may also be used to correct deformities in the nose or nasal canal that have existed from birth or been caused by injury or trauma. Recovery typically takes about six weeks.
PDO Threads: PDO threads are made of a biocompatible material that can lift the skin and help promote collagen production, providing subtle and natural-looking results.
Done under local anesthesia, this minimally invasive procedure involves the insertion of smooth or barbed PDO threads, depending on the desired outcome. Barbed threads can provide subtle lift around the mouth and cheeks and smooth threads are more appropriate for improving collagen production.
There’s no reason you should live with facial features that prevent you from feeling your best or most attractive. No matter how subtle or dramatic, cosmetic surgery can help restore balance to your profile, giving you the beautiful results and facial harmony you have always desired.
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