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My Face Is Asymmetrical

My face is asymmetrical to look at because it seems like my right eye is not level with my left eye, it's above it, further up my face. Imagine having eyes like that! People's faces can look bad in a lot of ways but the LEAST thing you can expect from your dna is to give you a face that is THE SAME on both sides of the nose! This has made me angry, i feel it's just getting worse. My lousy dna!
I think my asymmetrical eyes look absolutely horrible when the problem shows. The time it really shows is in pictures. Everyone looks the same in pictures as they do in  real life (well, most of the time) but the thing about my eyes is harder to notice when you're looking at me and have eye contact with me. You don't have that when you look at a picture.
I've told my concern to a few people. A couple of girls agreed with me that my eyes are not level with each other but said that they had never noticed it before. I know why and i already explained that above: It's only really visible in pictures. One dude simply denied that my eyes were not in level with each other and i made him take a picture of my face with his phone so he could look properly when he got home. He never mentioned the picture again, he's such a nice guy and friendly to everyone.
I don't know if the structure of my skull is really so weird that my right eye socket is above my left, but it sure looks like it. This could have something to do with another problem i have with my skull. My jaw has started growing in an unusual way, it grows more in the left side than in the right, which means my teeth only connect on one single tooth in the right side of my mouth. Maybe my left side of my jaw is pulling the left side of my face down while the right side isn't following because of my right jaw which isn't growing at the same rate at all. I'm having jaw surgery once both my jaws have stopped growing.
Right now, the only thing i can do to hide my facial "mutation" of my asymmetrical eyes is to tilt my head a bit to the right whenever i see someone taking a picture of me, which brings my eyes to level with each other. That's not a very durable solution though.
Wraither Wraither 22-25, M 106 Responses Oct 1, 2007

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my face isn't perfect either. My mouth is curved , starting from the nose to the right side, so basically, I look like my whole face is curved to the right side, like a half moon, lol. , also my right eye ball is kinda turned slightly to the corner, so I look funny on the pictures altogether.I love myself anyways :)

All of you guys here don't be discouraged :)
I have a crossbite and I'm 26. I'm developing some severe TMJ due to the crossbite and my face/head is as many of you say way bigger in one side.
You know... my whole left side of the face goes downward in a diagonal motion. Even my lower lips don't match my upper lips at all. Eye lower than the other.
By the way.. don't worry about the side you sleep and chewing from one side. Those are not the reasons :)
Im finally going to a maxillofacial doc in 2 months but mostly to get my TMJ and crossbite checked since they hurt now... the asymmrtry guys... in the worst case most of us had some mild case of hypertrophy, where one side of the body grows more than the other. I'm not a doctor but after researching a lot... like over a year I've found out that hypertrophy is usually the reason or some sort of bite problem.
The asymmetry part can only be fixed with plastic surgery so don't sweat it guys :) !

I have the same problem, never noticed it until my wife told me. and when I noticed it, I realized that its really bad, I wore glasses at the time, so the glasses made it even worse, so I did a laser surgery to get rid of them, and now its much harder to notice it.but in pictures, you can see it clearly.But don't worry man, no body is perfect, just be happy with who you are.I promise you that you are the only one who care so much about it, my wife don't mind, most of my friends don't even know that.my family noticed that, but don't really care.anyway if someone likes you its because who you are and not how you look like.o and about your skull, I need to tilt my head so it will look aligned, not just the eyes, its all the skull.it could be from birth, you see when you are young its very important to let you sleep on specific sides so your head wont change its shape, and no body was allowed to touch me until age of 30 days, so maybe its why my skull is not even in both sides.anyway its common, probably not related to DNA, don't worry about it, you are lucky to be a man :)man don't care how they look, and women's barely care how their man looks like:)

Nobody is perfect. It's impossible. I have this "issue" where when I smile, my left eye becomes smaller then the right. The more I smile, the smaller the left one gets. So, I can never smile too much in pictures because eventually it looks like my left eye is almost closed. I'm not sure what causes it. I'm guessing that maybe there's an uneven amount of cheek muscle on each side. The eyes seem level, however, there seems to be more space between my right eyebrow and eye than between the left ones. When I was in middle school, a girl threw another girl's hairbrush and it (accidentally) hit me hard on the left eyebrow, leaving a swollen, discolored knot that took a couple weeks to go away. I think it might have fractured my eyebrow. Even now after many years, if I press along it, there's a bump where it seemed not to have healed properly. Also my lip is slightly further down on the right side than on the left, when I have no expression.

If I don't smile in pictures, it always looks like I just lost my best friend, and I hate looking like that. So I always try to smile, at least a little bit.

When I was 23, this guy I worked with told me we don't have symmetrical faces, and it was the first time I looked in the mirror to verify that he was right. I never even noticed it before he mentioned it.

Oh this is funny, and nobody ever notices it. I actually think it's pretty cool, though. My right earlobe has a piece missing. When I was 2, I fell into the bushes, and lost a piece of earlobe. I had to get two stitches. It's practically impossible to notice, but if I tell someone, they'll be like "oh, yeah, I can see it".

This too: Sometimes, depending on the angle, it looks like I have too much forehead. But I know I don't. It's just how the picture turns out. Maybe lighting, angle, or even hairstyle.

I'm not the least bit ashamed of my "defects". I'll bet you're no more asymmetrical than the average person, and you should be proud of yourself.

i have the same problem. im a 15 year old girl who had bells palsy (simular to a stroke) when i was younger & never got proper treatment because my face looked "normal" compared to everyone elses. you can notice one side of my face is lower than the rest in person but only if you really study my face, but when i take a picture the whole of one side of my face is out of place. my eyes lower than the other, one nostils lower than the other, my cheek and jaw-line is lower than the other and my mouth is lower on one side and i hate not being able to have pictures taken because of it!
is there anything i can do to help my face straighten?

I have the same problem, and I am a 59 year old female. I have managed to live a normal life, most people do not notice it, but it does annoy you when you get to thinking! However, there are worse things that could have happened to us, so like you I tilt my head a little, make the best of everything else, and get on with it. How does it happen, though? I have made my wonky way through life and got married, had a baby and nothing seems to have been affected. Best of luck, and never mind photos, most people look like escaped criminals in them, myself included!

that was very helpful TNX A LOT ...

I am glad if it helped. It makes me sad to think people feel bad about themselves especially if it is caused by other people being rude and staring. I always think to myself 'and what makes you think you look so good?' If it is a man I think 'You are not Robert Redford' and for a woman 'You are not Linda Cristal' an actress I have always considered very beautiful. You can substitute who you prefer! I think good old Robert Redford is a timeless example to use, and it usually gets a laugh from someone, usually not the person I have applied it to !!

By the way, I did not mean any of you to get into fights, it is best to THINK the above! Good luck and peace everyone.

hi to every one .I have asymmetrical problem with my jaws too. my right jaw grew more than left one ... and makes me angry when i see a picture of myself and just want to break anything near me ! doctor told me i have to wear braces and then must have jaw surgery ...

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Do whatever is best for you and your health and well being. Get plenty of expert advice and make the decision you can best afford and live with. I hope this cheers you up...I had to get an ID photo for a local video store, and the fella took the picture on his own machine-you should have seen it! He was so busy laughing and leaning over his counter, he was not serving other customers! He said it did not look anything like me, was I glad! Do you know the Bob Dylan song 'Would You Please Crawl Out Of Your Window?' well, my daughter kindly said to me it should be renamed 'Would You Please Fall Out Of Your Window' as used to spend a lot of time at my bedroom window, looking out when I had some spare time! I destroyed the wretched thing but others since then have not been so good, though none as bad as that! If I could show it to you I doubt you would sleep tonight!
Cheers everyone, and have a great weekend. Remember Robert Redford!

I am having a similar problem like you; my left side face does not grow normally as the right side. It is hurt at night and when I sit in front of the computer too much. It is kind of a shame when my friends take pictures and I do not look properly as them.

I share all these experiences as with everyone on here. But I don't think anybody here has worse than I because nobody here has mentioned yet if they had an underbite. I had an underbite, gotten braces and surgery as well. And to this day I still have an asymmetrical face. How ugly do I look like? Well, I think I actually look relatively good (people rate me an 8/10) and better now that I don't have an underbite, but it's just unfortunate that I still have this crooked face. <br />
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Before braces + surgery, I used to have a Class III Malocclusion where not only I had an underbite, but I also had a crossbite. Prior to braces + surgery, two premolars from each side (left/right) were pulled out from my upper teeth, and my lower teeth as well (4 in total) by my very first orthodontist (btw, in all my life, I've had 3 orthodontists... between my 2nd and 3rd, I took a long break w/o braces) who thought it was best to extract my teeth -- which, also, by the way I DO NOT recommend -- rather than expand my upper (especially my upper!) and lower palette. You need all your teeth for facial muscle support. All of these teeth + bite crookedness resulted into asymmetrical development of my face. One side became longer and more pronounced, my jaw deviated to the left, one eye is higher than the other one, one side of my face looks older than the other. What irritates me the most is that my nasolabial fold is uneven which makes everything noticeably uneven when I smile. So if you could imagine what my face looked like prior my brace + surgery, it would look messed up right? Oh def, it was messed up. I wasn't smiling because I didn't wanna show my teeth. I had chronic b*tch face all the time.<br />
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Now I no longer have an underbite, I still have some asymmetries. I still have a crossbite where my upper teeth are leaning towards to the left, and so my lower teeth are deviated to the left as well (and more so than the upper). I attribute this to my orthodontist who didn't do a very good job on pulling my teeth to the right. My upper mandible has never been expanded at all. See I didn't know any of these technical procedures and reliability until I got older and in the last year of my last braces (was in braces for 3 years from when I was 17-20 yrs old) when it was too late to change braces (since my mom was paying for it). So up to this day, I still have an uneven face, one cheek bigger than other, one jowl is heavier/bigger than the other, one eye lower than other, and this stinkin' uneven nasolabial fold (UGH). But it's slightly improved just because I don't have an underbite anymore. <br />
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Despite all of this guess what? Even before I had my last braces + surgery, I still got hit on, I was hooking up with guys, etc. People thought I was pretty even though I had this underbite. Some people didn't even notice I had an underbite. Few tried to find out what's up with my face by trying to make me smile. I never talked about it to anybody so for the rest, I didn't really know who knew I had an underbite, who didn't, or who cared/who didn't care. Even when I had braces (prior surgery), still people thought I was pretty (they told me so). Right now, no more underbite, still with the crooked face, still get hit on as much as before. I don't know what it is that made me attractive. Was it really because the overall look of my face despite its specific compromised features? Was it my hair? Was it the way I dressed and make-up? I did make sure that this crooked bite didn't get the best of me when it comes to dressing up because I LOVED dressing up and putting on making up. Was it because I made sure I had the chronic b*tch face all the time and not smile which would easily expose my asymmetries? I don't know. Whatever it is, it definitely worked. I have a boyfriend now, we're about to hit two years in June. Before my boyfriend, I also had another boyfriend (after I had surgery) for two years. <br />
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I guess what I'm really trying to say here is that I have that a feeling most of the people's worries here are not as problematic as others who actually need braces + jaw surgery before they could even start worrying about what side of cheek is sagging/what's side of cheek is not sagging on their face. And also keep in mind, some people would notice or WOULDN'T NOTICE. If they do notice, some would care and some WOULD NOT CARE. Personally, I haven't asked my boyfriend what he thought of my asymmetrical face. I don't even wanna bring it on topic. He does tell me I look pretty -- especially in certain lighting :p I'm gonna take that as a damn compliment and will not even bother digesting how exactly those parameters are defined. <br />
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I do wish to get braces one last time now that I am more well informed, done more research about my bite. I do want a fat grafting to transfer the fat of my left jowl into my hollow right cheek. I want to get one of those facial exercisers for people who had facial stroke :p I do get conscious especially when I don't have makeup. But no more braces + surgery right now, I'm a brokeass college student. But at the same time, it's comforting to know that it's not that big of a deal especially now that I don't have an underbite. It really isn't that big of a deal because people don't stare at your face and ask you why one side is bigger than the other. And ba<x>sed on my experience, you can definitely still get compliments, get hit on, flirt with other people, get positive feedback despite a crooked face. I wish I could send you guys picture of my asymmetrical face. It look interesting because I have point angular facial features (I'm Asian).

Im asian too and whats worse is im dark skinned so you could really see my asymmetrical face. I get hit on but its because of my body not my face i think and i look really old despite my age. Do you have any tips on how to lessen the fat on my left cheek? Cause thats my main problem 😪

Hello all of you, beautiful assymmetric people :) I am 31 years old, and because of this problem, i even wore braces for more than 2 years! And it made me look worse....:( not only are my eyes not alligned, my nostrils are different size, my jaw is completly assymmetrical, ,my teeth were completely of the center! So now that my teeth are centered, it seems like this overall facial assymmetry is more noticeable! espeacilaly on pictures! For me , selfie is a disaster, because this front camera makes me look like a Picasso painting. Lately, i became so self conscious about it, that i am litterally afraid to take a picture. What i am also afraid is that this is becoming more and more noticeable! That it is getting worse. I am not sure, i hope i'm wrong...Anyhow, i know that this is what the nature gave me, there is nothing much to do with it- since i could never go under knife, especally my face, i would be so worried- so i have decided to not give a crap anymore. I am gonna take pictures, smile on them, have my teeth white, make up on, so maybe my positive attitude will be more noticeable than my funny assymmetrical face! I wish all of you the best, be bold! Kisses

I'd really like to talk to you if you'd like. I think I have the same problem. If there's anyway I could message you or some way to get in contact with you. I'd really appreciate it.

omg you sound like me talking i have the exact same problem its not fair i look so messed up in pictures but in the mirror i look perfectly fine

YES OMG when i look in the mirror my face is so even and then when i take photos its like retarded and REALLY uneven 😪

did you get a teeth/jaw operation?
because i have the same problem and when i look to my pictures i get very angry and i punch my cheek

So I not only have a severe asymmetry but as well OCD.. Believe me. Think before punching cause it ll make things worst lol..

OHMYGOD I have the exact same problem. Is the only solution jaw surgery? I look so bad in pictures because of this. I always have to tilt my face to the left so that it is not noticed. Whenever I take a selfie with the front camera of my iphone and when the image comes the other way (the mirror image) it looks absolutely prominent and hideous! I really want to get rid of this.

I have left side of my face bigger than right ... my eye on left side is much more open especially i have little bigger left side of my body .. at firt i was so depressed but now I dont care about it ..

omg.. I have the E X A C T same problem with the eyes the jaw the teeth it's so annoying :(

Ha you asymmetrical bastards jk I'm the same way no one ever said anything in fact i was the first to point it out. i noticed when i was around 20 or so it really bummed me out i always thought "man why me everyone else in my family has great symmetry except me" i completely hated my face and like you said very noticeable in pictures but now ive gotten used to it. glad to see someone bringing it up.

Most peoples' face, and body in general, are asymmetrical. But it's most noticeable when our eyes are asymmetrical.

My right eye is slightly further away from my nose than my left eye. No one has ever noticed this in person, heck even I have a hard time seeing it in a mirror, but whenever I see pictures of myself its just so apparent. It makes me look like I'm drunk all the time (at least to me). No one has ever said anything about my pictures, so I don't know if people are just being nice or if it's really not that apparent.

BTW don't mention it to other people, because its one of those things you can't un-see. Once you tell them, they can't help but notice.

You guys want to know how you look like ? Get two mirrors and put them on a ninety degree angle then look through that

I recently decided to check for myself after i stared at a photo and i was displeased and disheartened when i looked and stared at my face that i looked like a Picasso painting. My left eye is a bit higher than the right. I really wanted to go dig a hole and hide there. The really embarrassing thing is that I'm in my late teens, and i just discovered it. Well, not entirely true. When i went to go get my passport updated and took a photo i saw it, but didn't take much notice. I didn't really like taking pictures i didn't notice, or the majority was when i was smiling which is not as noticeable. As well as because i didn't care about my appearance until recently i started noticing.

But i decided, well i think i do it subconsciously/ natural habit, to do what you said and tilt the head or slightly smile more on the left side to push up my cheek to hide it better.

I've noticed the same problem myself, only with my lips though. The left side of my cupid's bow has an upwards curve as it goes down, the left side has a downwards curve. It's not really noticable (far as I know no one's pointed it out or mentioned it) but I like to wear lipstick and would have to put extra on my right side to made it more even. This also means when I smile showing teeth, my lip is fuller on the left. It actually is so horrible to feel so unsure of yourself and find your genetics slapped you in the face

Me too! I couldn't have described my own mouth better myself!
I think mine got more asymmetrical over time.
This may not be true for you, but my theory of how my mouth got so uneven is that I used to smile out of nervosity very often, which creates an uneven smile as opposed to a smile from true joy which is (more) symmetrical. This is why most people look their best when they smile a genuine smile. When you do, even the most asymmetrical person is at their most symmetrical as both face halves use the same muscles equally.
This is why selfies often turn out bad/asymmetrical; because people rarely look into the camera with joy, but rather with fear (of looking bad in the picture).
So what can you do about it?
Basically, I no longer bother smiling at cameras or in conversation unless it's genuine and out of true joy.
It's made me feel more confident/less nervous, which in turn has made me feel more relaxed and enjoying life and interacting with other people more so I smile just as often as I used to, but evenly because it's now a genuine smile. :)

Also, teeth definitely matter. I've noticed more asymmetry since getting 3 out of my 4 wisdom teeth.
Not much to do about that, but I have started chewing as evenly as i can on both sides + doing a simple exercise that can be found by searching for "faceyogamethod mouth". (EP doesn't allow links)

I have asymmetrical mouth, and jaw, and little big on the nose angle, eyes, not so much. The thing i Do to fix the jaw is to try to chew/eat with the smaller jaw, after around 1 month, i see the left jaw getting a little bit bigger and in picture it's started to look more symmetrical. For the mouth, i notice my smile is crooked, then i try to practice in the mirror to make it less noticeable in the picture, also i found out why i have asymmetrical face, when i was a teen, i like to lying on my left side on the bed and using computer for long time, then i usually put my hand on my left side of face, and i also chew on the right side only, so my left side of face is thinner and my right side is bigger, so i reversed the position for a few months and it work quite well, Not perfect but at least in the picture it doesn't look as bad as it used to be

wow! I got stuck in the same position unfortunately. but I am getting an implant to fix my jaw :(. hate that I did that!! n I always eat from my right so I guess it just got bigger . pfft -_-. my teeth aldo got tilted so now wearin braces to get it in line..dun u feel like killing urself for doing it on ur own?

I too have this with my left eye is higher up on my face and my left face and jaw is bigger but I don't notice it in pictures or when I look in the mirror and only 2 people have said anything about it in my 30 years. The only time I notice it is when I look at a picture of myself threw the mirror and then I notice it, I have no Idea why that is the only way but it is, crazy huh?

Symmetry is not always better everyone!! Ashley Greene from Twighlight is a wonderful example of a celebrity whose face is very asymmetrical yet considered absolutely gorgeous. Take a very close look at the YouTube clip titled "Ashley Greene Facial Symmetry." They wouldn't let me post the link below so you'll have to go over to YouTube and type that in. It's only five seconds long but it will change your preception of beauty forever!

Out of the 3 pictures of Ashley that are shown in the clip, which do you think she looks the most attractive in? If you're like most people you probably think she looks gorgeous in the picture on the left. But what's funny is that the picture she looks the best in (the one on the left) is the one where her face looks the most asymmetrical!! The photo in the middle is what her face would look like if you doubled one side of her face and the one on the right is what her face would look like if you doubled the other side.In the photo on the left, her face is clearly asymmetrical because one side is much larger then the other, one eye is lower then the other and her lips are fuller/ thicker more on one side. Yet despite all of this she still looks much better in the asymmetrical picture then in the two photos where her face is perfectly symmetrical. It proves that symmetry is not always better!

Same here! My face is asymmetrical, but I didn't even notice until some time after college. I first noticed that my right cheek was bigger than my left. Always in pictures, but never in the mirror! Still it was slight enough that I didn't think much of it. Later I noticed my right eye brow droops. Then I see that my right eye is lower than my left! How could I not notice these things until I'm well into my 20's? It's crazy. But now it's really starting to bug me. My smile doesn't match on both sides, my cheeks don't match , my eyelid is heavy and my wrinkles are even asymmetrical. The right side of my face easily looks 5 years older than my left. Socially, I'm not self conscious - until someone picks up a camera. I've started face exercises- not sure how much they'll help, but anything to not get some kind of surgery....yet. Why do we all have this same issue? I've always suspected a nerve problem.

My face is asymmetrical, too. And the worst thing is, i'm an actress so I have to see my face on camera all the time. It has been pointed out to me on more than one occasion. (It's also led to some very nasty comments as people seem to think if you're on TV it's okay to say it, for example being told one side of my face looks like I have Down's Syndrome. Nice.) My left eye is about half the size of my right, my left nostril is smaller, and I talk out of one side of mouth (people often comment on this so I know it's not me making it out to be a bigger problem than it is). You can literally see a line down the middle of my face where everything is different. My theory is it's a skeletal problem given that I occasionally get pain near my jaw and suffer from a lot of headaches. I did look into surgery at one point but abandoned the idea pretty quickly when I thought about it properly - if jaw surgery goes wrong, you're stuck like that.

Truth be told, with the exception of a few idiots who are probably the sort of people who are insanely insecure themselves making the odd comment (be honest, whenever any of us ever say anything negative about someone's appearance it's almost always to either mask our own insecurity or make ourselves feel a little better. I can't think of a single different reason. Because, there is no other reason to bring it up. If you're confident in the way you look and someone with a large nose walks by you don't stop and point and laugh just for the hell of it, do you? Because it doesn't matter. The only time you point out somebody's physical flaws is to make your own seem less bad) with the exception of those odd comments, most of this negativity stems from me - my thoughts, my opinions, me looking in the mirror or staring at a photograph making myself feel worse. In life, it doesn't affect me. It doesn't stop me having friends, having boyfriends (My eyes seem to be something guys seem to like???), working, having fun, living. It makes no difference. The only thing that makes a difference is what I'm telling myself on the inside - i'm the one telling myself it is a problem when there's really no evidence to suggest it is. So, it's less about fixing something that probably doesn't need to be fixed, and more about learning to stop being so hard on myself. The danger with obsessive thinking is the more you worry about what your face looks like the more you look for confirmation of that and that's when you start to notice all the little details most people don't even register when they look at you. And then you feel worse and the cycle repeats.

Sometimes it helps to think back to guys I've dated who have physical flaws and remembering how little they bothered me or how I never really noticed them unless I deliberately try to think about it. It reminds me of how unimportant it really is. So, I guess that's the only advice I can give. It's not easy, and I still get down about it but reminding myself of all this stuff does make it easier and easier as time goes on.

Thank you so much for this post! I feel the same way! I am starting to note my facial asymmetry more in the last year or so than I ever have in the past; my eyes are a slightly different shape and at slightly different levels; this is not always obvious, but does show up in some photos. It's really never held me back in any area of my life, and in fact I never really noticed/was bothered by it before, but now I am starting to *obsess* in a very unhealthy way... In a loop of looking for a problem, just as you described above; basically, trying to feel bad about it! Of course it would be nice to try and fix it to stop worrying about it, basically, but any type of eye surgery is pretty seriously risky, may not even be possible and may not even be necessary, since it's never bothered me until now!

Sometimes I wonder if I should be/why I bother panicking about it and feel ridiculous for worrying. As people have pointed out, there are several successful actors out there with some serious asymmetries.

Doodlebug, thank you so much for writing this post! It's got to be really tough as an actress to *not* obsess about these things, and I think you have a really healthy, sane, and practical way to go about it! Big admiration.
You encourage me to stay normal and not be crazy and succumb to mania that probably leads nowhere good... Fish lips? Hells, no!

xxb

Thanks so much for sharing this, doodlebug. You've given me much food for thought.

My face was very asymmetrical I hated it. My nose was crooked, the shape of my head too.I had a rhinoplasty 5 years ago which was catastrophic. I came up with a huge nose, man that was ugly.I had another rhinoplasty 1 year ago and it's better now. My nose is still a bit large a crooked but it's not ******* ugly at least.I hated my chin too. I had a genioplasty 3 weeks ago and I like the result. I wouldn't say I am beautiful but my face is ok now, I feel "normal".One advice, if you're looking for plastic surgery be very careful with the surgeon you chose.In particular, correcting a crooked nose is very difficult. You really need a surgeon with a lot of experience, and don't expect perfection, just an improvement is better than nothing.Genioplasties in general works quite well, they have a high rate of satisfaction like 90+%, compared to rhinoplasty 57%.One last think, if you really hate your face don't wait like you're 35 to get surgery like I did.

Hi "weirdface". I think everyone has a weird face or beautiful face, it just depends how you look at it. One time my sister in law called a boy ugly and my niece got mad at her and told her that everyone is beautiful to somebody, so no one is ugly. I truly believe this. I am a 200 lb , 5'4 woman who has always had issues with how I look and how much I weigh. I'm married - for 10 years now and my husband adores me. He tells me constantly and to him I am beautiful. It took me years to accept the fact that someone could think I am beautiful. I still look in the mirror and don't' like the way I look, but am so thankful he likes me for who I am and try to find the beauty he sees. Don't hate yourself for what you look like! Surround yourself with people who know what true beauty is and who aren't so caught up in what everyone else decided beauty should be. Don't point out your "imperfections" to anyone. I pointed out my sons bone structure to my mom and dad and his dad and they're the ONLY one's who noticed his asymmetrical face. I told him not to point it out to anyone and he told me - point what out? This is how his face is and he accepts it and loves himself. You should do the same. I don't walk into a room and yell "200 lb. woman walking through!' I squeeze into my jeans and walk with as much confidence as I can find. It may seem hard, but try to find your best features - physical features don't count - and show them off. I know there's beauty in you! I found mine inside this large body, I know you can find yours too. Have Faith!!!

A truly beautiful post, thanks dleighc!

Wow.. I can't believe how many of you share similar stories to me. The right side of my face is completely hideous compared to my left, which isn't even that great either. I'm so afraid of people noticing. :( The people I've pointed it out to - with the exception of my parents - have agreed.. though they insisted they only noticed after I pointed it out. I hate myself for being born like this. It just is really the icing on the cake to the rest of all the crap I've been through. I have to be ABNORMAL, too? Just just ugly - literally deformed.

well compare yourself to those who do not want to get into an accident with a beautiful face and then have to suffer with trauma and accept something not so beautiful. everything happens for a reason. This probably helps u appreciate beauty like many others don't :)