New study: asymmetry increases with age

Jun 8, 2019 | Face and Nose, Reconstruction and Repair

A new study has found that facial asymmetry increases as we age.

According to a study published in an issue of the publication Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery late last year, the symmetry between the two sides of the face decreases with age. Researchers used three-dimensional digital imaging to show that facial symmetry changes as part of the ageing process, particularly in the lower two-thirds of the face.

What did the study involve?

The researchers who performed the study used a technique known as 3D photogrammetry to create very detailed scans of the facial surfaces of the study participants. The participants of the study ranged in age from four months to 88 years old. By scanning each participant’s face, the researchers were able to calculate and quantify the extent of the asymmetry between the two sides of the face. Because of the detail provided by digital imaging, even very subtle asymmetry could be identified.

What did the study find?

According to the researchers, there was a correlation between facial asymmetry and increasing age, and while asymmetry increased in all areas of the face, the change was most significant in the lower two-thirds, from the eyebrows to the chin. This means that the features in the middle and lower face tend to contribute to asymmetry the most as we age.

What can we do about it?

Fortunately, thanks to advancements in the field of cosmetic medicine, there is now a range of treatments that can be used to resolve asymmetry in the face. Features such as the brows, eyelids, lips and nose can all be enhanced.

If you have noticed your facial features losing symmetry and balance as you age, you might consider a cosmetic treatment to revitalise your appearance.

Some of the facial treatments that we offer include:

  • Brow lift
    A brow lift is typically performed to tighten and lift the brow, as well as to open up the area around the eyes for a more youthful appearance. Often, as we get older, the brow and eyebrows start to droop, so this procedure is an effective means of improving the position of the brows for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • Eyelid lift (Blepharoplasty)
    As we age, excess skin often develops on the eyelids, causing a tired appearance. Fortunately, it is possible to remove this excess skin and tighten the muscles and supporting structures of the eyelids by means of a procedure known as a blepharoplasty or eyelid lift. The procedure is often very effective in restoring a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
  • Rhinoplasty
    Rhinoplasty is a procedure that is performed to enhance the shape and positioning of the nose. It is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures currently available and is actually one of Mr David Morgan’s special interests. The goal of the procedure is to achieve a nose that looks natural and in perfect harmony with the rest of your facial features.
  • Dermal fillers
    Dermal fillers are a great option for those who would like to plump up lips that have become thin or asymmetrical as a result of ageing. The treatment helps to restore volume and provides more definition to the lip edge. Itis usually performed with the use of a local anaesthetic, and only takes around 30 minutes to complete. You should be able to notice the effects of your dermal filler treatment immediately after the procedure, and results generally last for up to a year.

If you would like to find out more about any of the cosmetic treatments we offer or are interested in arranging a consultation with Mr David Morgan, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Mr Morgan is happy to discuss your goals and expectations with you in a personal consultation.