Sometimes, the more symmetrical a face is, the more attractive it is considered. Of course, no one has a perfectly symmetrical face—we all retain certain asymmetries and cosmetic quirks which set us apart and contribute to attractiveness in a different way. However, too much asymmetry can tip the balance, and make the face less aesthetically pleasing, which can, in turn, cause emotional distress and low self-esteem. The brows are a feature that sometimes exhibit this type of asymmetry, which can affect the overall look of the face. So what causes this kind of asymmetry, and how can it be improved?
There are many reasons that the eyebrows can be asymmetrical, and some causes are much easier to treat than others. Here are some of the causes that can contribute to obvious asymmetry:
Sometimes, one side of the brow muscles are stronger than the other, causing one side to appear lower than the other. This can also happen if nerves in one side of the forehead are weak. There are various causes of these problems, but the end result is the same.
Eye Socket Placement
Genetic asymmetry of the bones is normal, but some asymmetry is more noticeable than others. The positioning of the eye sockets tends to influence the symmetry of the brow, or lack thereof. Unfortunately, it is impossible to change the positioning of the eye sockets, so permanent improvement to the asymmetry may be extremely difficult or impossible.
Sometimes, when an upper eyelid begins to droop, that side of the forehead tries to compensate and pull up the area further. Significant sagging in one side more quickly than the other can also lend the face a rather lopsided appearance.
Physical trauma can leave various scars and deformities, and these can affect all tissues in the face, depending on the accident. When asymmetry is caused by past trauma, reconstructive procedures are typically called for.
An asymmetrical brow can be very difficult to treat and requires an in-depth analysis by a plastic surgeon to determine the cause and the best course of action for improvement. It is best to get familiar with the different treatment techniques available so you can discuss your options. Brow asymmetry requires the deep knowledge of an expert facial plastic surgeon in order to produce good results.
Treatment of Brow Asymmetry
While some turn to interesting tactics like “facial yoga,” a brow lift has been proven to improveeyebrow symmetry in certain cases. A brow lift is a surgical procedure that involves the tightening and lifting of muscle and skin in the brow area. Incisions are made at the hairline to help disguise them after surgery. The surgery typically takes one to two hours, and initial recovery lasts about a week.
How Long Do Brow Lifts Last?
Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict exactly how long the results of a brow lift will last, as everyone ages differently and lifestyle plays a large role in the longevity of a procedure. Typically, a brow lift can last about 5-10 years, particularly when the procedure is performed by a talented facial plastic surgeon.
In some cases, brow lifts might not be the best option, or even an option at all, depending on the circumstances. For some patients, the temporary effects of Botox injections can provide temporary relief from brow asymmetry. Whether or not this will be helpful in your case depends on what your surgeon has to say following an assessment. The benefits to Botox include the cost, non-invasive nature of the procedure, and lack of downtime. However, the results last only a few months.
Set Yourself Up For Success
Whatever option you are considering, it is important to choose a facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience. Because of the various causes of brow asymmetry, choosing a knowledgeable surgeon is key to success. Do your research and meet with board certified professionals who emphasize custom results, like Dr. Robert A. Mounsey of Revesse in Toronto. Dr. Mounsey is experienced and works to give patients a natural, lasting result.
The other major way you can improve your chances of a successful result is to follow all instructions your surgeon gives you for pre and post-operative care. This affects the final appearance of your results greatly, and should not be neglected.
If you’re ready to take the next steps toward a more symmetrical brow, call Revesse at 416-438-2499 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mounsey today.