Do you ever look in the mirror and wish your eyebrows or lips were more symmetrical? If so, you’re far from alone.
No one’s face is perfectly symmetrical, but a generally balanced face is perceived as especially attractive in people of all genders around the world. And when features on one half of your face don’t match up well with their counterparts, it’s easy to feel self-conscious.
If you’re bothered by asymmetry in your own face and cosmetic surgery isn’t ideal or feasible for you, these injections can do a lot for you.
At our offices in Scarsdale and the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, board-certified cosmetic surgeon Robert M. Schwarcz, MD, offers botulinum toxin injections for a range of benefits. For the most part, Dr. Schwarcz uses Dysport® and Daxxify®. These products serve the same purpose as Botox®. Botulinum Toxin Type A is the active component in all of these products, although each manufacturer has its own composition.
In this blog, we explore facial asymmetry, including how this minimally invasive treatment can help.
What causes asymmetrical features
Asymmetrical features can develop for a range of reasons, from a genetic predisposition to particular conditions, injuries, and lifestyle habits.
Lifestyle and medical factors that may fuel facial asymmetry include:
- Bell’s palsy
- Facial paralysis
- Facial fractures
- Frequently sleeping in certain positions
- Spending a significant amount of time in the sun without UV protection
Aging can also contribute to asymmetrical features, due to things like cartilage continuing to grow in your nose while you lose facial volume elsewhere.
How Botulinum Toxin Helps Asymmetry
Botulinum Toxin injections contain a toxin produced by bacteria that, once injected into the treatment area, temporarily weakens the muscle. Toxin may also boost your skin elasticity and prompt the production of collagen in your skin.
These attributes can smooth fine lines and wrinkles and improve the symmetry of your facial features. If you notice that one of your eyebrows raises quite a bit while the other stays closer to your eyes, for example, these injections can keep the higher brow from raising as much.
Toxin injections can also help smooth out common complaints, such as crow’s feet, which you may have more of on one side of your face versus the other.
What to expect during and after your Toxin treatment
Botulinum Toxin injection requires only a short office visit, during which your provider uses a tiny needle to inject the product into the treatment area. While many people tolerate the brief pinching sensation, you can request a topical numbing agent or ice pack for added comfort.
Within a week of your treatment, you should notice less movement, fewer fine lines, and improved symmetry. On average, results last for 3-4 months, at which point you can schedule additional treatment. Daxxify® has an even longer effect, with results lasting up to 6-9 months.
We also offer facial fillers that add volume for enhanced symmetry. You can pair fillers beautifully and safely with toxin injections.
To learn more about Botox for better symmetry or get started with treatment, call the office convenient to you to book a consultation with Dr. Schwarcz today. You can also request an appointment online.