Beauty does not have a number; we all believe that to be true, but as it turns out, Micheal Mastlin in 1597 created the golden ratio and gave beauty a number, particularly facial beauty.
The golden ratio of1.61803 refers to a perfectly symmetrical appearance.
Scientifically speaking, we are more attracted to asymmetrical facial structure rather than an asymmetrical face.
The facial features that most attract us to our favorite actors and actresses have little to no facial asymmetry.
However, most of us have asymmetrical faces, and these facial features make us all uniquely attractive.
What Is Facial Asymmetry?
Symmetry means to mirror something, like when we fold a square sheet, and all the sides line up perfectly.
An asymmetrical face is the opposite of this; in facial asymmetry, you find that your features are not in line with each other.
You may have told a friend to take a picture from one side of your face, and this is most likely due to asymmetrical features.
This preference for one side of your face is called asymmetry.
The vast majority of people have asymmetry on their faces; for some, it is more noticeable asymmetry, while for others, it is barely there, and they appear to have a balanced appearance.
What Causes An Asymmetrical Face?
There are numerous factors contributing to facial asymmetry.
Some of the causes for an asymmetrical face are more prominent than others.
Some people are born with asymmetrical features, while others develop facial asymmetry due to trauma or other conditions.
1) Sun Damage
One of the main causes of facial asymmetry is UV rays. Protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays is something you have been taught since you were a child.
It is one of the easiest causes of an asymmetrical face that you can avoid.
Damage from the sun is rarely distributed evenly, which means that you may have areas of moles, freckles, sunburns, or skin sagging.
This is what leads to an asymmetrical face, as the sun damage is dispersed and may only affect one side of the face.
This cause of facial asymmetry can be avoided.
By using SPF lotions every day, even if it does not look sunny, and wearing hats on sunny days when you are outdoors, you can protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
Trauma is the main factor behind any new or sudden onset of facial asymmetry.
Trauma can include anything like a broken nose, broken jaw, a deep cut on the side of the face.
These injuries can cause other symptoms like difficulty speaking or damage to the facial nerves.
The degree of asymmetry you experience has a lot to do with your genetic makeup.
Some people have slightly asymmetrical features that have been passed down from their parents, like uneven muscle tone or a higher placed ea on one side of the face.
More severe cases of asymmetry may be due to genetic health conditions like cleft lip, cleft palate, and vascular disorders.
4) Bell’s Palsy Facial Asymmetry
Bell’s Palsy is a condition that requires immediate treatment or medical intervention.
Bell’s Palsy causes sudden weakness or paralysis in the facial muscles due to damage to the 7th cranial nerve.
If you notice that a person’s smile has become suddenly uneven, they have bell palsy.
The sooner you can get immediate medical care, the better your chances are for healing.
This condition occurs suddenly, sometimes due to a viral infection, due to trauma, or for no reason at all.
Most people’s asymmetric features return to their previous shape themselves, but the sooner you see a doctor, the better your chances of returning to your more symmetrical appearance.
5) Dental Work
Sometimes facial asymmetry is just the result of dental procedures.
While dentists aim to ensure that your facial structure looks even, sometimes procedures like the addition of dental veneers or having a tooth extracted can cause tissue imbalance.
In healthy subjects without any previous asymmetry, smoking can lead to the development of asymmetry.
Smoking exposes your face to harmful toxins, and over time your face appears asymmetrical.
A stroke occurs due to either a blockage in your cerebral arteries or due to a blood vessel in the brain bursting, causing blood to leak.
Stroke facial drooping can be a sign that you are suffering from a stroke; you may also experience numbness in your face as well as arm numbness.
This is a situation that requires immediate care from your doctor.
The sooner a doctor can intervene, the better your chances of recovery.
A natural part of life is growing older.
While our bones stop growing after a certain age, cartilage does not.
For this reason, you may find that your face has become increasingly asymmetric due to changes in the size of your nose or ears.
Torticollis refers to the abnormal positioning of the muscles in your neck. In this condition, the neck muscles twist in a specific way which is why this condition is also known as twisted neck in layman’s terms.
This condition can occur due to eye weaknesses in which the neck attempts to compensate for poor vision by twisting to get a better view.
It can also be caused in the womb, and a baby may be born with torticollis.
The signs resolve in time, and usually, after treating the underlying condition, it is rarely a permanent condition.
With good care and treatment, torticollis can be resolved, and with it, any asymmetry that arises.
10) Lifestyle habits
While few academic research institutions have done clinical research into lifestyle habits and facial asymmetry, people still believe that certain habits have an effect on the appearance of your face.
Some people claim that having your legs crossed in the same direction for extended periods, supporting your face on your hands, poor posture, and even sleeping face down can affect the symmetrical of your face.
How To Check Facial Symmetry
After going through all of this information, you may be inclined to check your own face for asymmetry or asymmetry, depending on how you look at the situation.
It is important to keep in mind that most people have a certain level of asymmetry to their face; it is completely normal and adds to your personality.
The best way to measure your symmetry is to use a printed picture of your face that you can mark; you can also use the mirror if you have an erasable marker at hand.
You will be marking your face in the vertical plane and various points in the horizontal plane.
You start by marking the vertical points, your chin, and your forehead.
Then you begin the horizontal points, the creases on the side of your eyes, the crease on both sides of your lips, the farthest parts of your nostrils and nose, the inside creases of your eyes where they meet your nose, and the widest parts of your face on both sides.
Then simply take a ruler and see if the points you marked are completely straight.
You can also skip all this work and download an app that does all the work for you.
However, take these results with a pinch of salt because these results are not an indicator of your beauty, simply markers of symmetry, nothing more.
How to Get a Symmetrical Face
Unless you have a medical condition, there is rarely the need to correct asymmetry because it is quite common and found in many people.
However, if you feel it necessary, then there are certain ways that you can achieve your desired look.
1) Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
a) Facial Implants
Facial Implants are used when you are looking to alter the skeletal structure of your face rather than the soft tissues.
These implants are usually placed in the cheek or chin region, and such placement is used to create symmetry.
These are usually made from materials that will last, such as proteins, silicone, plastics, metals, and gels.
Also popularly known as a nose job.
This can be used to treat any damage that has occurred to your nose to ensure that it heals correctly and prevents asymmetry from forming.
Other people use this as an elective procedure to fix any issues that they have with their noses.
This is a process that lasts for quite some time.
However, your nose may revert to its original shape over a long period, not completely but in a small manner.
c) Dermal Fillers
People use fillers, also known as botox, to raise eyebrows to remove fine lines and wrinkles.
These fillers are used in injectable form and are a way to improve soft tissue symmetry.
2) Facial Exercises
Some people believe that asymmetry results from muscle weakness in the facial muscles.
To help in increasing the tone and strength in muscles, people perform facial exercises to achieve symmetry, although there is not a lot of research to back these claims.
While there are ways you can change the symmetry of your face to reduce the asymmetry, you can rest assured that there is nothing wrong with having asymmetry, and it does not diminish or alter your beauty in any way.
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