When you look at yourself in the mirror, what stands out to you the most? If you have a larger nose, a receding or weak chin, or ears that stick out, that prominent feature is probably what you focus on. It’s normal to be most aware of the feature you’d like to change. But you may not have considered what kind of role your other features play in relation to your most noticeable facial feature. The nose, chin, eyes, lips, and ears all work together to create facial balance—and some faces are more balanced and symmetrical than others. Thanks to advances in modern plastic surgery, however, it is possible to get a more balanced look if you’re not happy with your facial symmetry. In fact, the process could be easier than you think! Let’s take a look at how facial features play off one another to create your own unique look.
The Role of Prominent Facial Features
In most cases, the nose is the most prominent feature of the face. This is why so many people elect to undergo rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery). It’s easier to notice crookedness or other issues in a more prominent feature. However, it’s not always the size of the nose that’s causing facial imbalance. A chin that is too small, weak, or beginning to recede can play a significant factor in facial balance. The ears can also affect the overall facial balance if they are overly large or prominent. Finally, the nose can have a prominent hump or bump on the bridge which can make it appear larger than it actually is.
Achieving Symmetry with Plastic Surgery
Because everyone has different features and different goals, the best way to achieve facial balance and symmetry depends a great deal on the individual. Fortunately, plastic surgery is very customizable. Some of the most common surgeries used to promote facial balance include the following:
- Rhinoplasty—Cosmetic nose reshaping that can accomplish many different goals and change the overall look of the face quite dramatically.
- Chin implant—Improves the projection and shape of the chin, which can create a more defined profile and make the chin more proportional to the nose and other facial features.
- Otoplasty—Ear reshaping, either to bring the ears closer to the head or make them smaller overall.
- Cheek implants—To contour the cheeks for a higher, more rounded appearance.
These procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis, and patients can usually return to work in 1-2 weeks, depending on the surgery. Though it may take awhile for the swelling to subside and reveal the final results, the results are permanent once the healing process is complete.
Alternatives to Surgery for Facial Balance
Not all balance issues have to be approached with surgery. Facial fillers are a great way to add subtle volume without surgery. They are especially helpful for lips that are too small, too thin, or have poor definition. However, some people elect to have fillers in the nose or cheeks for modest contouring. Sometimes, fillers can be a great addition to surgery, as well as a powerful treatment in their own right.
Depending on the needs of the individual patient, surgeons often suggest a combination approach. For example, a patient might benefit from a rhinoplasty combined with a chin implant or lip fillers. It all depends on the current balance of the face and what the patient hopes to gain from the experience.
The Importance of Choosing an Expert Facial Plastic Surgeon
A plastic surgeon’s work is part science, part art. It takes an in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy and ideal proportions, as well as extensive experience and practice, to deliver truly beautiful and natural-looking results.
When choosing a plastic surgeon to perform facial balance procedures, it’s important to seek help only from board certified facial plastic surgeons. It’s even better to select those who only perform facial procedures. Be sure to review a doctor’s qualifications and experience. Also take a good look at the before-and-after photos they have available for review to ensure that you like the surgeon’s artistic style. Make sure any surgeon you consult with has a stellar reputation and a following of happy patients. This is not a situation in which you want to skimp on research or on cost. You want only the best. Your safety and results depend on choosing a great surgeon.
Talk to an Expert
If you’re ready to consult with an expert about your goals for surgery, consider making an appointment with Dr. Edward Buckingham at Buckingham Center in Austin, TX. Dr. Buckingham is renowned for the natural-looking results he offers patients. He has dedicated his career to offering the best in facial surgeries and treatments. For more information and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Buckingham, call Buckingham Center at 512.401.2500 today!