Uneven or asymmetrical eyes are more common than many people realize. Some people try makeup tricks, hair-styling techniques and even editing their photographs to try and hide it. But thanks to modern medicine, there are now many more permanent solutions when it comes to eyes that appear asymmetrical.
Surprisingly enough, in most cases, the eyes really are the same size, but something could be creating the illusion that they aren't, according to Dr. Mayli Davis, MD, of Advanced Eyelid Surgery Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
"For some of our patients, we find that their asymmetry can be caused when muscles are stronger or more active on one side of their face than the other," Davis said. "Over time, the stronger side of the face learns to compensate for the difference by working harder to support the weaker side. The weak side can begin to appear droopy, and over time the difference can become more and more noticeable."
One of the most common causes is upper eyelid ptosis in one eye. This occurs when an upper eyelid droops, showing less of the eye than on the other side.
Blepharoplasty for Asymmetrical Eyes
If drooping eyelids are the cause of asymmetrical eyes, Davis performs what is called a blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. It can correct droopy eyelids and bags or sagging under the eyes. By removing excess skin, fat or muscle from the areas that need it, it's possible for a symmetrical look to be achieved. It can be performed on just the upper eyelids, just the lower eyelids or on both, depending on each unique situation.
Brow Lift Helps Uneven Eyes
According to Davis, many patients are shocked to find out their eyes are actually symmetrical, but their eyebrows are throwing off the balance.
"The distance between each eye and the eyebrow above it is very noticeable if they aren't even," she said. "Correcting the eyebrows through a brow lift or forehead lift often creates eyes that look perfectly even without ever touching the area around the eye itself."
Brow lifts are often performed with forehead lifts for optimal results. They can help correct sagging eyelids, eyebrows and forehead skin to make eyes appear larger, symmetrical and more alert.
Botox Temporarily Corrects Asymmetry in Eyes
If the idea of surgery makes you wary, there is a less invasive procedure that some have found success with, according to Davis. Botox works to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily blocking signals that tell the muscles to contract. Doctors have discovered that these characteristics make Botox a great treatment for many medical and cosmetic problems aside from just fine lines and wrinkles. When Botox is used to help with uneven eyes, the muscles around the brow or forehead become relaxed, helping balance out the face.