Facial symmetry, or having a balanced appearance to your face, often has the effect of making a person look emotionally balanced and happy. When one side of your face is considerably smaller than the other, you may find that the muscles of your face are weaker on that side.
You can correct this problem by performing a variety of facial exercises that are designed to help balance the muscles of your face. Weak facial muscles on one side can be a symptom of a more serious medical condition, so you may want to talk to your doctor if you're suffering from a facial imbalance.
Stretch Your Face
Use the muscles under your upper lip to pull it down over your bottom lip while elongating your face as much as possible by looking up. When you have made your face as long as possible, you should smile as widely as possible, according to the facial exercise page at SelfGrowth.com.
The website suggests that you repeat this exercise 18 times —not your typical exercise rep scheme — and notes that in addition to helping balance your facial muscles, the stretch helps rejuvenate your skin.
Hint of a Wink
According to ShapeYourFace.com, this exercise helps to balance the muscles of your upper cheeks and lower eyes.
It is performed by partially winking one eye at a time and holding it for a second. Perform this exercise 50 times on each side and then use the fingers of both hands to push into the skin around your temples and pull them back slightly. Hold this position and simultaneously close your eyes as tightly as you can. The website suggests that you perform 20 repetitions of this exercise.
If one cheek is smaller than the other, it can be a noticeable imbalance, but there are exercises that can help minimize the problem.
Use three fingers of both hands to press on your upper cheeks and push them down toward your jaw. Simultaneously use the muscles of your cheeks to apply resistance to the tension placed by your fingers by smiling as hard as possible. Be sure that you keep your head stationary throughout the exercise, according to the facial health page at FitnessHealthZone.com.
Puff Out Your Cheek
Cheek puffing exercises helping strengthen weak facial muscles. Take a deep breath and puff out your cheeks. Hold for five seconds and repeat 10 times.
Repeat this exercise, but direct the air into the cheek on the weak side. Puff out this cheek and hold this position for five seconds. Repeat 10 times.
See a Doctor
If your facial drooping seems to come on suddenly, it could be a sign of a serious medical condition. In fact, drooping on one side of your smile is one of the key indicators that you could be having a stroke, according to Mayo Clinic.
Other signs of a possible stroke include weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, headache, difficulty seeing and loss of balance. Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect you might be having a stroke.