Facial Asymmetry Surgery
Achieve balance, harmony and beauty
Symmetry is one of the most recognisable and acknowledged forms for defining what we, as humans, decide is beautiful. Although no face is ever truly perfectly mirrored, significant asymmetries can exacerbate the lack of harmony between your natural features. Symmetrical issues caused by congenital defects such as hemifacial microsomia, trauma, or diseases such as Parry-Romberg syndrome, can affect the function of your face its cosmetic appearance and leave you feeling a sense of dissatisfaction.
Facial asymmetry is a procedure offered by Dr Paul Gerarchi that can help to correct facial malformations and to restore balance and proportion to your face. As with any surgery, your surgeon will work closely with you and your face to customise the look you need and provide solutions to the aesthetic and functional problems you may experience.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu
The results you deserve
Finding symmetrical faces beautiful is an inherent human capability and the primary goal of the surgery is to give your face balance and coherence between all of your natural features.
With an experienced facial reconstructive surgeon like Dr Gerarchi, you have the opportunity to correct these issues and to give your face an aesthetically pleasing equilibrium.
There are many possible reasons that you may have for considering facial asymmetry surgery. Some of these include:
This congenital condition occurs when the cranial tissues are prematurely fused, resulting in an asymmetric face, skull and forehead area.Significant improvements to facial symmetry and skull shape can often be achieved.
Sometimes during the peak growth years, certain areas of the body grow at different rates than others and result in asymmetry.
Although the exact cause of this condition (also known as also known as progressive hemifacial atrophy) is unknown, treatment such as microfat transfer can often result in significant improvements in your facial appearance.
With hemifacial microsomia, also known as cranofacial microsomia or oral-mandibular-auricular syndrome, the lower area of one side of the face doesn’t grow successfully and becomes underdeveloped in comparison to its counterpart. A number of techniques including custom made implants, fat grafting and bone contouring can help to improve symmetry.
Due to various palsy conditions, the facial nerves can be damaged to varying degrees. This results in a ‘droop’ to the facial tissues, which then make the face noticeably asymmetric. Surgical procedures can help to elevate the paralysed side, making your appearance at rest appear more symmetrical. Unfortunately, regaining normal movement is not something that will be achieved by surgery. Muscle relaxants can be used on the ‘good’ side to slightly reduce the extent of facial movements on this side, making you appear less asymmetrical.
Meeting your surgeon
Speaking with your surgeon is the initial stage of your journey to a fresh and attractive face. You can plan and discuss all details of the procedure and recovery, and Dr Gerarchi can help you to determine the optimum course of action for your distinctive facial structure.
Your medical history is an important part of any medical procedure, and the reason for your asymmetry and any problems with functionality will be analysed in depth. Before proceeding with any surgery, Dr Gerarchi will ensure that you are well-informed – because knowledge is power.
Depending on your individual situation, facial asymmetry can be treated using various techniques.
Your knowledgeable surgeon, Dr Gerarchi, will consider all options and all parts of your natural face to ensure that the best option (or combination of options) is applied.
Methods that can be used to correct facial asymmetry include:
- Facial Fillers
- Chin Implants
- Cheek Implants
- Jaw Implants
- Temporal Implants
- Brow lift
- Orbital Rim reshaping/augmentation (the area around the eye, to correct eye asymmetry)
- Fat transfer
- Mouth Lift
- Facelift/Neck lift
- Jawline reshaping
As there are a myriad of exciting and effective treatments for you and your surgeon to choose from, recovery time can vary between them. If a permanent solution worries you, you may opt to have temporary facial or dermal fillers that have a speedy recovery time and can achieve instantaneous results in little-to-no downtime. However, if it is a more permanent solution that you seek, procedures such as jaw reconstruction or facial augmentation may be required.
Recovery periods designed for each individualised procedure and patient will be necessary to ensure a healthy healing process. It is possible that some may require an overnight stay, while others will see you recovering in the comfort of your own home. The skill and proficiency of Dr Gerarchi will safeguard that whichever procedure you undertake will be accompanied with a thorough and personalised recovery plan.
Managing your pain and recovery
It is natural to feel some tenderness and discomfort on the final leg of your journey; the recovery. Dr Gerarchi will prescribe specialised pain-medication and antibiotics according to your specific treatment and recovery period to help to you feel comfortable. Taking additional medication, including Ibuprofen or Aspirin, is not recommended during this time, as they have the potential to interfere with the healing process and to hinder the path to a more beautiful you.
Your post-surgical journey
Although the most difficult aspects of your journey are over, your relationship with your surgeon and clinic is not yet over. Dr Gerarchi will schedule follow-up appointments before your surgery to facilitate a smooth, organised and easy recovery and encourages communication between visits. Ensuring that you are supported throughout the entire process is vital to monitor that everything is healing successfully, that you are pleased with the results and that you can be smiling in your new look as soon as possible.