well, i know that there isn't much u can do but i think that if u were to use your left/weak side more often it will become stronger and maybe become abit more balance with the other side but it will take a very long time because ever since u were little you've been using one side of your body more, as time goes by your body becomes ammune/use to the habbit...sorry i'm not good at explaining myself,,,u know what i mean?
so one side became stronger than the other, as time past by yor body develops and now u have to work hard by using the weaker part more often and when u work out train the weaker side to become stronger than the other or at least the same strength, it's hard but it will take a very long time to achieve.
I just discovered this forum today. It's amazing how many people share my same insecurity about facial asymmetry. I first started noticing mine in college when I realized that my teeth weren't touching on the left side of my mouth. On closer inspection, I realized my entire jaw was growing longer on the left side. I then checked in the mirror and realized that my entire face appeared to skew to the right. From that moment on, I have felt very insecure about my lower jaw.
Like many here, my family and friends all told me that the asymmetry was negligible if any. A year after graduating, I began developing headaches and sever pain in my jaw and my doctor finally recommended jaw realignment surgery. At this point, my family got on board, and supported surgery -- not to fix any visual asymmetry (which they claim they still didn't see), but rather to fix the alignment of my jaw, which they couldn't deny after looking at my teeth.
3 months ago, I had upper and lower jaw surgery done to realign my jaw. It's a fairly difficult surgery requiring braces, a three-day hospital stay and at least a month of swelling. I was told at the time that the surgeon would do a genioplasty if it was discovered that my chin still appeared to be out of alignment after the jaw surgery was completed. As it turned out, my surgeon concluded that a genioplasty was not necessary.
3 months later, and my asymmetry has drastically improved -- yet, I am still a bit sad because there remains visible asymmetry in my chin, which I can't seem to ignore. My teeth now meet perfectly, but my surgeon told me that my jaw is actually thicker and longer on one side, meaning that the jaw realignment would not create an entirely symmetrical jaw line. I understand this, and I'm not entirely unhappy by the bowing out on the left side of my jaw -- everyone is a bit asymmetrical after all. Yet, the asymmetry in my chin still bothers me a great deal. It still appears longer on the left side. When I do the double mirror thing I'm absolutely appalled! It's amazing how that double mirror seems to work a crazy fun-house job on one's face. I really REALLY hope that's not what I really look like. Using the double mirror, it actually looks like my lips slope downward, along with the entire right side of my face. It's somewhat disappointing, because I was really hoping that the jaw realignment surgery would free me from such thoughts.
I'm now considering something along the lines of jaw shaving or an implant. I need to do something that doesn't require hospitalization (way too high a cost!) My insurance actually covered the upper and lower jaw realignment surgery because it was to alleviate a physical condition. Does anyone know if jaw shaving requires hospitalization?
It's difficult for me to write this, because I know my concerns are superficial -- but it's been so hard on my confidence lately. I feel like everyone around me has a symmetrical chin, and I'm the odd one out. I was also told by my surgeon that an injury I suffered in the sixth grade is the likely culprit for my asymmetry. Somehow, the injury resulted in one condyle of my jaw growing in excess. So, in some ways, I feel like I'm actually just attempting to restore my jaw to it's natural shape. Still, I realize I shouldn't be so focused on it -- but I can't help it!
I'm a bit nervous about posting photo, because it sounds like they can end up on google searches. If you're curious, I could email you a current photo. Again, the asymmetry is improved, although it's still visible in my chin.
I have a asymmetric face too. For me, it's hard to accept this fact because until 2 years ago i didn't have an assymetric face. I first noticed it when someone made a fotograph to put on my ID. The moment i saw that photo was like being hit with a hammer in the face. I was stunned and shocked. I was thinking; is that me? Now, I am 19 years old and more and more my face is becoming a problem . Everywhere I go it seems like people are looking at me and when I look back they turn their eyes away. I know that people nmotice my assymetry because one day when my brother and me were having an argue he shouted at me that my face was crooked. I now have started to avoid people. On a saturday when my friends go out, i prefer staying at home.Not a day goes by without me taking pictures of myself and cursing my crooked face. Iam feeling sad and every day seems to get sadder.
To give you an indication. From the sides my face looks normal, but from the front it looks ridiculous. It's like there are two different faces. One on the right and one on the left. The one on the right is broader and chubbier then the left side. My mouth pulls down on the left side en my right eye seems bigger and is placed lower than my left eye. My nose is points to the right. my ears aren't symmetric too; the left is bigger than the right. On top of that my jaw seems to be pulling to the left side.
But what can i do? How is it possible that in two years my entire face has become so ugly? There must be a solution ,right? Iam willing to undergo plastic surgery because i can't imagine another 50 or 60 years living like this. but only as a last option. Does anyone know if sleeping on one side could turn my face back to normal ( all my life i have slept on my right side) Please help me!
funnily enough I was just going to ask this question I know that I personally do have hemifacial microsomia which causes my facial assymtry issues I have written a blog about all the symptoms and signs etc if you want to have a read ?
1st, I don't mind posting my before & after pictures on the net because reconstructive Jaw surgery is one of the most uncommon strategic procedure & by volunteering to explicit an honest life experience is by far the greatest idea & it will give hopes for those who has the same disorder. Hopefully it will help doctors & others to know more, besides I will erase my eyes/nose to disclose my identity.
I think that the human body can only grow & gain strengths. The bone is not like fat how u can gain yet lose, once the bone has grown it will be the way it is, it can never be reversible unless you have bone disease. There is a bone disorder called PAGET that makes the bone grows consistently only at certain areas, doctors injection will help stop the process. There are some medicated ingredients that make the bone grow like an acne medicine called ACCUTANE & so onâ¦..Stay away from those.
The human skull is way stronger than a chicken bone so once the bone structure has fully grown than it will be hard to change its natural structure. If youâve been sleeping on 1 side for a very long time & now youâre switching sides to try to flatten it to match with the other, it would âslightlyâ change but vary.
I tried doing that method hoping it will change instead I get headaches my jaw muscle feels like itâs growing bigger from putting pressure on it. Did u know that when u have TMJ disorder putting pressure will worsen it, by alleviating the pain u should massage the jaw muscles & TMJ joints with soft strokes up n down in a circular motion.
With me I have been sleeping on 1 side until now, I have developed TMJ disorder on the effected side due to collision, bad oral hygiene & chewing excessively. Last year I found out that my face was really disoriented, Iâve seen photos from high school but was always been denial, finally I started having braces & I came to my sense that my face was really crooked. In a way it was a good & bad thing to find out.
The objectiveness is that now I know how to position my head without people spotting, taking nice photos, learning how to properly making my smile look more symmetric.
Do this task, get a mirror that is big enough to see yourself from 10 inches away then get some food & start eating normally without looking at the mirror once your still chewing on the food donât stop & now take a look at your reflection. 2nd task, get a book & read it out loud, pay very close attention to the way your mouth & jaw moves, does your mouth move up & down evenly? If it is going side to side, 1 side opens wider than you should start practicing in front of the mirror on correcting your speech; if itâs too hard then u should try to go to a speech therapy.
The downfall from knowing that my face is messed up really changed me. It changed me so dramatically; I became very depressed, insecure & psychotic. There are times when I wished that I was never born, I just wanted to kill myself but I tried very hard to be optimistic about life, asked God why this happened to me, I wished that my parents had better education because I wouldnât end up like this but I guess that there is a meaning in life thatâs why God put us here to overcome the tasks in life.
I tried not to compare myself to other people but I just canât help it and I always do. I feel so ugly; I donât even want to look at myself in the mirror having my hair tied up. I developed a compulsive disorder, I always look at myself in the mirror everyday, if I have 2 hours of spare time I am drawn to the mirror, I feel so crazy, wherever I go I would look at my reflection I feel so insane but no one knows because I am a good actress.
Everyday of my life I always think about reconstructing my jaw, I just canât help it and canât waitâ¦.
Hemifacial Microsomia could be one of the disorders that made u looking the way u are, it can be from birth defect i guess it's all of the above;
-defected from inside the wound or the way the head was position when being born
-having a lob sided head might possibly give u an uneven face
-thumb sucking, lack of nutritional food plus very very poor oral hygiene, missing teeth, at a young age
-chewing excessively on 1 side, plus sleeping on 1 side for many years
-injured to the jaw joints
-uneven alignment of the mouth/teeth
-when pain occured in the molars n did not get it checked
-wisdon teeth growing in.
soooo glad i found this thread, up until now i thought i was the only one with this problem plus paranoid about it too.
I have facial asymmetry but unlike most of u guys its on the left side of my face on my cheek.
Basically about 6/7 years ago the left side of my face decided to swell up quite bad...for no reason at all..no tenderness..no pain..no redness. Then just as suddenly as it appeared, the very next day it had disappered too only it never really disappeared 100%.
As a result the left cheek, mostly along the cheek bones is slightly "puffier" than the right. This can only be noticed when i smile/laugh though otherwise the face looks normal.
Anyone know if this is some sort of known disorder or is it just one of those unexplained things that you just have to accept. meh.....
I'm so surprised to see everyone having the same problem. I've been looking at my younger pictures (around 8 years old?) and they had no signs of asymmetry. I think it's something I developed during my junior high - high school years.
I think that the left side of my face looks good but the right side not so much. Its kinds of frightening to see your face shift so easily. If you look at me straight on, you can see that the left side kinda slopes downward while the right side has a protruding jaw. I can actually feel it sticking out.
I don't take a lot of pictures but the ones I do look fairly good, even on my bad side. However, whenever I take pictures of myself, whether it be on webcam or camera phone, the asymmetry looks even worse. I don't know if its just the inferior quality of those cameras or what. It totally confuses me. I've been commented on my looks too by parents, and relatives and friends. Some people said my friend and I look like celebrities but when I see my friend, I think he looks a lot better than I do. But I don't know if they're just being nice. It's really confusing... sometimes I think I look average, sometimes I think I look really good and sometimes like right now, I think I look totally ugly.
Would any of these be the cause? I do sleep on my left side more often and I'm right handed so I've taken up the habit of resting my left side on my hands while my right side writes. I've also been in some fights during those years and I can definitely remember the time I was hit in the jaw.
I'm not sure if I should do anything yet. The problem isn't about looking better. I'm sure people will tell me I look normal to them and I'm sure I don't look that bad. It's not really about what other people think. It's what I think other people think (I hope that made sense). It's about my own self esteem. Sometimes, I feel like everybody is staring at me and judging me. I'm sure everyone here has seen other people's pictures and said to themselves "hey that isn't that bad". Well people have standards for themselves and its really frightening when you learn the truth and it's not up to your standards.
So who should I talk to about this? I want an expert to take a look and tell me what they think they could do.
One thing is sure - no one can actually 'cure' your self esteem but yourself. If the other peoples' opinion hurts you that's one thing, but if your own feeling are making you feel bad that's a different story. I have a psychology degree ad I've worked with many people with let's say 'flaws'. The common problem is not what the other think but what they think the others think...confusing, right?..What I can advise you to do (as I'm not a doctor) is to start liking yourself better. If you don't like your face than have a new hairstyle, if you don't like your pictures than have them retouched. This way you'll see yourself the way you want and will realize if you like this 'flawless' image better. I know a site (face2show.com) that can do that for you but remember that the real challenge is to learn to love yourself first!ood luck
Was searching around google bout that thing of we lookin diferent in pics and video than we actually see on the mirror and find your post..well i noticed that aswell when i grow up...think what you wrote is not quite true..if you take a pic of someone else and you print his portrait and put right next to his face you will see theyre identical of waht they look like in real life...the same happen with ya..but i really dont know in what to belive anymore..have tried aswell that thing of puting 2 mirrors crossed i look totally diferent and iam like 'Is they what people see?..cant be!!'...you know its strange and weird...you have an image of yourself in your head but then you see pics and you go...'This is not me'...well i dont considerer myself ugly...i quite like actually what i see in the mirror...sometimes as everyone i think i look like a model and could be in a magazine cover..but when i see videos of miself find it very weird...the think is that when you look at yourself in the mirror you only see someone from 3 angles basically..you only can see it from front and left right-semiperfils..its very limited...but right now it jsut occurs me this while writing this...lets imagine that if you take a pic of your friend as i was sayin and put right next to his face FOR YOU the pic and the real person will look the same....but why not to THEM, why that pic is not similar of what they see in the mirror...so how do explain that?...you say to your friend 'Thats you, thats what you look like'....but to your friends mind it doesnt say that at all...so this might prove that we see in pics is might not the real thing of what we see...but this only works for each single individual....when i start realising that was lookin diferent in pics my though was like.."Ok this is a pic, theres nothing more real then a pic, so lets see, if i see a person sitid right next to me in the pic that looks exactly the same in real life, then i might look aswell in real life of waht i look in this pic'...you know this is what i though/ dont know still think..this what my brain says to me..'The pic is the real you'...but iam starting noticing now that thats not quite exactly like that...you cannot judge yourself the same way as you see the others in that same pic...if to your friend the pic of his, look weird to him but perfectly normal to ya then it must be because hes used to get a diferent image when he looks in the mirror...but to our eyes he looks the same in the pic as he looks in real life...this might be a proof that WE and only WE see ourselfs diferents,....now the question 'is the mirror image the real image of ourselfs?'...i still have my doubts...like if..is hard to believe that 2 persons ( you and another one) holding the same pic see diferent things being the pic the same..is quite strange innit?....like "iam seeing miself weird but the dude whos lookin also the pic says 'no that looks like ya'...and you start thinkin..'ok do i look like this in the pic?"....no to others people eyes, but only to yours...is hard to explain but is kinda like this...though the pic is real the picture you eyes do in your head is diferent from your friends ...we are never seeing the same thing....if you show pics of yourself to your family you must to think and try to have the idea that they are not quiet seeing as you see yourself in the pic...is like youre lookin to reality but youre dont, you see the pics like as if they have a distorted layer over your face...only the others around ya see whats behind that..is kinda confusing...but i really wanted to know what we really looks like in real life..the mirror image or the 2 mirrors crossed image....i might better get famous to someone make a wax statue of me and put in madam tussoud...ahah...that would be the only way to solve this dilema girl...this driving mi mad..please get in contact if you find more stuff bout it...
** SOO PEOPLE UNLESS YOU SEE DIFERENCES IN ONE SINGLE MIRROR YOUR FACE LOOKS TO THE OTHERS THE SAME IT LOOKS TO YOU IN 1 MIRROR. **
Hey guys, I am so glad i found this thread. Just reading what everyone has siad has boosted my self-confidence, enough to pull out the camrea. xD
But what sucks is, when u were a kid and u had a good looking face and as someone who was so cute as a kid until around age 15... just realy sucks... b/c u grow this personality as someone who is cute... like they say ur personality is fullly formed around age 5. im 16 know and not only does it suck that my face is so asymmetric, I look back at my pics from when I was 14-5yrs old and my face looked fine couldnt find any flaws in those pics.. and now this.. everyday i find something that is wrong with my face that i didnt notice the last time i looked....seems like my right side of my face is actually growing very slowly or maybe not at all anymore or just staying more inward but .. eh.. lol. and my left face is growing outward... or jsut growing LOL. and my right forhead coner is actually bigger/sticks out farther then my left and its only getting worse, oh and my left eye is bigger then my right... i guess ive gotten lazy eye somehow.. not born with it i can tell ya that. I just wish i could only look like i did.....but maybe i deserve this....maybe god is punishing me for making fun of a few ppl in my lefttime (but ive always been nice, those who know me im outgowing and dont care what ppl think or didnt use to)... and for all the times that i saw someone ugly and jsut saying to myself holy**** that person is ugly...or shoot im glad i dont look like him..but i only siad those things to myslef never outloud.. . ..but now that is me... i always cuaght girls attention... growing up from k-garden to 9th i had a total of 15 girl friends....but know .. KNOW they will barly talk to me they go a stray when seeing certain angles...like they will see a goood angle and when i turn walk way.... GRRRRRRRRR and it happen over like 1yr and a half......will it just keep getting worse cuase its alread bad. How do I stop it?....I still dont understand it how can something like this even happen... how can u be normal looking then be ugly? how does that work, my face looks like a damn retarded turtle or some s***.. but oh well.. ... but know that i found this theard and knowing that im not the only one.. its such a good feeling but i wish none of us had to go threw this..
Maybe this is happening b/c i had mhano when i was 18 months old...see mhano or how ever the $%#$ u spell it, stays in ur body after they supoably cure u from it..... it just find a spot to go...mine chose my mouth...which i was told could cuase some things to happen to my jaw area that proablly wouldnt normally happen...and at anytime the mhano could come back .. anytime it wanted to....but who knows... maybe the left side of my face will stop growing and the right side will catch up xD... ya i wish
It sounds like you and I are much the same, I too have to have surgery to correct my bite. My surgeon looked at my jawline and said that the bulky look of my left side of jawline will not be fixed during surgery. I still have to meet with him once my orthodontist gives the go ahead and want to know if he can fix the bulky jawline too. I was thinking the same as you to shave it down or get an implant on the other side. I haven't had my jaw correction yet and know if I don't get that bulky left jaw bone fixed I too will be dissatisfied like you.
I never had an injury but I did have jaw surgery to bring out my upper jaw when I was around 15 because of an in bite and shortly after that I started noticing my jaw growing longer on the left side. I was told that your jaw keeps growing till you are 24 years of age. I think that upper jaw surgery I had damaged my growth but nobody wants to back me up on it. So I have to pay for braces for the second time and have more surgery. Makes me angry.
I would like to exchange photos and speak to you more, since I haven't had my surgery yet.
if your face is assymetric, maybe this problem about your teeth measures.. because if your teeth statures is not equivalent; your face seen assymetric.dentist can be correct your teeth stratures easly... and other solution filler on your eyebrow ( for example so that lower eyebrow can up) and doctor apply radiesse (like a bones powder and long lasting filler )or fat or hyaluronic acid filler on your face dissolution portion.
if you interest individual development and if you believe brain power,you can do matrix energetics application for your life,and i recommended eft application for you relaxing.. dont worry anything.. if you believe you are beautiful,everybody accept you are beautiful..best wishes and god bless you
everybody is god..
it's really irratting because i would actually have quite a nice looking chin if it wasn't tilted, the thing is that my dad also have a uneven chin and now that i look closely at my high school or middle school photos i can see a little uneveness, i guess i didn't really cared for it much before but now i've been taking a lot of photos as well as passport styled photos and it just hits me in the face one after another.
i'm thinking of goning to see a dentist or take some x-rays to see if there's anything wrong with my TMJ or it's just uneven bone structure...it's a little ridiculus that on one side i've got facial hair growing just above the jawline and on the other side it's growing just below it.