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Dr. Ghassan Zein

Fellow, Harvard Medical School
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Babak Azizzadeh MD FACS

Facial Plastic Surgeon
Beverly Hills, CA

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Head & Neck Surgeon
Beverly Hills, CA

Jimmy S. Firouz, MD

Plastic Surgeon
Beverly Hills, CA

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Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s palsy is a disorder of the nerve that control movement of the muscles in the face, paralyzing facial expression functions. The face becomes paralyzed as a result of damage to the facial nerve that controls movement. Bell’s palsy includes any type of facial paralysis that does not have any other associated causes, such as tumors, trauma, and salivary gland inflammation.

Patients with Bell’s palsy fall into the following three groups:

    • Group 1: 85% completely recovers from the paralysis with no noticeable deformity or issues.
    • Group 2: 10% will have incomplete recovery, resulting in synkinesis and partial facial weakness.
    • Group 3: 5% will have complete facial paralysis and significant synkinesis.

 

Causes of Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s palsy occurs when the facial nerve becomes swollen or inflamed. The exact cause of the swelling is often unclear, but is thought to be a result of the herpes simplex virus. Bell’s palsy generally occurs very quickly, and most patients who suffer from the condition have acute onset and immediate facial paralysis.

Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy

Because the facial nerve is very complex and controls many functions, damage to the nerve can lead to a variety of problems. While symptoms can vary from patient to patient and range in severity from mild weakness to complete paralysis, there are common symptoms:

  • Twitching
  • Paralysis on one side of the face
  • Problems smiling or making facial expressions
  • Drooping of the eyelid and/or corner of the mouth
  • Difficulty closing your eye
  • Drooling due to a lack of control over the facial muscles
  • Difficulty eating and drinking
  • Dryness of the eye or mouth
  • Impairment of taste
  • Excessive tearing in one eye

Bell’s Palsy Treatment

Treating Bell’s palsy is difficult because the treatment varies depending on the patient’s symptoms and duration of the paralysis. However, please know that Bell’s palsy needs to be treated right away with a high dose of steroids (prednisone), as well as antiviral medications like Famvir and Valtrex.

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Botox injections are one of the most effective treatments for Bell’s palsy because it relaxes unwanted muscle movements on the normal side of the face. This, in turn, reduces tension in areas of the face that are hyperactive due to the Bell’s palsy. Our team uses Botox to address asymmetrical facial movement in an innovative manner to create a more symmetrical facial movement and reduce signs of the facial paralysis.

In addition to treatment of Bell’s palsy, our team makes sure that the patient’s weakened eye is protected. Bell’s palsy can interrupt the eye’s natural blinking ability, leaving it exposed to irritation and drying. That is why we instruct patients to keep the eye moist and protected from debris and injury to avoid further complications, such as loss of sight.

If you are suffering from Bell’s palsy, schedule a consultation with a VIP plastic surgeon at Beverly Hills Medical Center of Kuwait today by calling +(965)-222-89999.

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