Facial asymmetry causes and treatments

04 Apr 2023 | Category: Cosmetic

woman sleeping face symmetry

As seen in Huffington Post

News and lifestyle website Huffington Post asked Cosmedics’ founder Dr Ross Perry for his expert advice on whether the symmetry of your face could be affected by the way you sleep.

The article was entitled:

“Will Sleeping On Your Side Actually Make Your Face Asymmetrical?”

Huffington Post was investigating claims on TikTok that sleeping on your side or your front could make your face droop or become lopsided.

Dr Ross Perry, who is a GP as well as being founder and Medical Director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics, provided expert medical view. He described that the idea you can cause face asymmetry by sleeping on one side as

“complete and utter rubbish”

The reason being because:

“we can never predict where and how we sleep.”

He continued to explain:

“We may all start off on our side but we toss and turn in the night, so our position changes multiple times. So even if we wanted to do anything about it there is no way that we could. Sadly we just can’t make ourselves sleep in one position as it is against human nature so to suggest that we can control not sleeping on our side is impossible.”

TikTok medical expert, Dr. Karanr, agreed that sleeping on your side does not cause your face to be asymmetrical, adding:

“No one is born with a perfectly symmetrical face. Also, we don’t sleep in one position overnight. We constantly toss and turn so all areas of the face get equal beatings.”

Read this article in full

To read more, please visit https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/amp/entry/will-sleeping-on-your-side-make-your-face-asymmetrical_uk_6405f3c1e4b0e45e2f8fa997/.

Medical Expert, Dr Ross Perry

doctor ross perryDr Ross Perry regularly provides expert comment and advises the media on a range of skincare and health-related issues.

He has particular expertise in skin surgery mole removal and melanoma; having removed thousands of moles in his career, both within the NHS and privately through Cosmedics Skin Clinics. He has provided expert advice on sun damage and sun protection for a variety of UK media and publications.

He also comments on the latest cosmetic and anti-ageing treatment methods.


How common is facial asymmetry?

Having some form of asymmetrical face shape is relatively common. Epidemiological studies in orthodontic patients in USA found that 12-37% had facial asymmetry. Radiographic examination presented values higher than 50%. Facial asymmetry study

One of the most common causes is genetics, i.e. the face shape is inherited from other members of the family. This is not usually a cause for concern unless there are other genetic health conditions, such as cleft lip/palate. Other causes of facial asymmetry include accident/trauma, Bell’s Palsy, dental work, stroke.

Treatments for asymmetrical face shape

Where a patient is concerned about their appearance due to an asymmetrical face, there are some cosmetic procedures that can be considered:

  1. Dermal fillers
    Injectable dermal fillers can be used to add volume where required in order to produce a more even and symmetrical face shape. This is a versatile treatment which can be used on any part of the face. It may take a relatively small amount of product to produce a significant improvement so that the left side and right side of the face are more of a mirror image. Common areas of treatment include jawline, temples and cheeks. Where the asymmetry is horizontal, i.e. a heavier forehead or jawline, dermal fillers can also be used to rebalance the features for a more harmonious appearance.
  2. Botox injections
    Botox is a popular nonsurgical option for anti-ageing but can also be used in certain cases of asymmetry, such as in women where the jaw looks too wide. BOTOX can be used to relax the muscles in order to create the effect of a slimmer more defined jawline.
  3. Non-surgical nose job
    The nose is a specific feature which is central to the whole face. A slightly asymmetrical nose is relatively common. Nose reshaping is a non-surgical procedure which uses dermal fillers to improve the overall shape, making it more balanced and symmetrical.
  4. Lip enhancement
    Lip fillers are an excellent solution for patients whose lips are uneven, or unbalanced. They can be used to subtly add volume where one side is larger than the other, or where the ratio from top to bottom appears imbalanced. Ig only takes a small amount to add shape and correct symmetry.
  5. Cheek fillers
    Adding volume to your cheeks can help to improve the symmetry of the face by reshaping one side to reflect the contours of the other side. This can be very helpful for facial asymmetry caused by ageing, weight loss, trauma or dentistry.

Before & After Facial Symmetry Correction

BOTOX and dermal fillers by Dr Ross Perry.

Bells Palsy Before And After BOTOX + Fillers
This patient with Bells Palsy was treated with BOTOX® and latest fillers to soften lines and volumise the face.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical skin treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors.  The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.

Call 020 7386 0464 or email  to book an appointment.


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