My mouth and smile are somewhat asymmetrical. Will a midface lift be able to correct this?
It is very common for patients to have asymmetrical features. The reason is simply that we are not made symmetrical. Patients that may have an asymmetric smile are best treated with non-invasive techniques such as Botox and fillers. The Botox can be used on the normal side to bring it down by weakening the elevator muscles of the lip. The fillers, such as Restylane, can be used to fill in asymmetries in the nasolabial folds that often accompany the lip and smile asymmetries. This is my preferred treatment for these issues and many if not all of the patients I have treated with these procedures are very happy. I do not prefer to use surgical procedures for the correction of asymmetric smiles and/or lips because I do not think that they are worthwhile and do not provide long-term correction. I believe that these surgical procedures provide a correction for several months. However, after six months, the asymmetries return. That is why I prefer non-invasive procedures to correct these asymmetries.
Posted by Dr. Bustillo