One essential aspect of beauty is symmetry. We consider faces that are generally the same on both sides to be more beautiful than those that are markedly different. Unfortunately, asymmetry is something that increases with age, according to a new study. This is just another challenge to maintaining an attractive appearance as we get older.

Fortunately, a nonsurgical facelift can address some of the potential causes of facial asymmetry so that you look not just younger, but more beautiful.

Facial Asymmetry Increases with Age

Asymmetry and Aging

For this new study, published November 11 in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, researchers from Mount Auburn Hospital measured the faces of 191 volunteers. The volunteers ranged in age from four months to 88 years (though, obviously, the youngest must have been “volunteered” by a parent), with an average age of about 27 years.

Facial asymmetry is measured using root-mean-square deviation (RMSD), basically comparing the difference in position between elements on either side of the face. They found that the RMSD for their subjects clustered between 0.4 and 1.3 mm.

They also found that asymmetry did tend to increase with age, at a rate of about 0.06 mm per decade. This is obviously a relatively slow process, but it’s perceptible. They also found that most of the changes occurred in the lower two-thirds of the face, from the eyebrows to the chin.

What Causes Asymmetry Changes?

This study didn’t address the causes of asymmetry changes. However, we can speculate based on our knowledge of the factors behind facial aging.

Some asymmetry doubtless comes from the environment. It’s easy to see that a facial injury which causes a scar would cause asymmetry. However, things like uneven sun exposure can also contribute to changes in facial aging.

Another potential cause of facial asymmetry is uneven tooth wear. Nearly two-thirds of people prefer chewing on one side of their mouth. This can lead to uneven tooth wear, as well as uneven development of jaw muscles, which can also contribute to asymmetry. The problem becomes worse for people with TMJ, who may clench and grind on one side more than the other. Facial asymmetry is a very common complaint among people with TMJ.

A Nonsurgical Facelift Can Restore Balance

Since it’s likely that uneven chewing contributes to an uneven facial appearance, it makes sense to look to the teeth to restore facial balance. With a nonsurgical facelift, we can use dentistry to restore your teeth to their youthful and balanced proportions. Your face will be even again.

Plus, you’ll look younger and have a beautiful, healthy smile, too!

To learn whether a nonsurgical facelift can help you restore youth, beauty, and symmetry to your face, please call (843) 706-2999 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist in the Hilton Head area at The Durham Office.