Facial paralysis is a complex medical condition, but there are several surgeries that can help. Effective treatments are available today for nearly everyone with partial or total facial paralysis. Then, neuromodulators like Botox® injections and physical therapy can help retrain the muscles during the healing process.
Facial retraining and Botox injections can work well together. This is because suppressing unwelcome facial movements can be excessively challenging. A little help from Botox allows you to focus your energy where it needs to go — on the desired action. Your brain will eventually figure out how to move in this new way, so you will not need more Botox injections.
Selective Neurolysis and Other Surgical Treatments That Give You Back Your Smile
Surgical procedures such as myectomy and selective neurolysis, which divide tight muscles and ill-functioning nerves, can help you achieve a greater range of motion and a more relaxed facial expression.
Suppose your facial muscles have been permanently frozen and are nonfunctional. In that case, Dr. Joshua Rosenberg may recommend a muscle transplant using tissue from your inner thigh or neck to reanimate your smile. He may also need to stimulate nerve activity in your inactive facial muscles.
A fascia lata sling procedure can also fix asymmetry in the mouth when your face is at rest. Because of how well the operation works, no one will notice that you have had facial paralysis if you are not smiling. In addition, any drooling that may have occurred due to Bell’s palsy will be significantly diminished.
Several criteria will determine Dr. Rosenberg’s techniques to restore your smile’s symmetry and facial motion. For example, your age, the severity of your paralysis and the length of time you have been affected all affect your surgical necessities and overall treatment plan.
Scheduling a Consultation to Help You Smile Naturally Again
Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if you are experiencing sudden paralysis or weakness on one side of the face. You will have a higher chance of restoring your smile and facial symmetry if you see a specialist in facial nerves as soon as possible.
Dr. Rosenberg has extensive experience reviving smiles after paralysis of the face. Please, get in touch with him to learn more about your opportunities for regaining facial symmetry, expression and a satisfying smile. You can call or use the convenient online booking system to arrange a consultation at our New York office.