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For many years, most idiopathic facial nerve palsy was diagnosed as Bell’s palsy. While Bell’s palsy is the most common type of facial nerve palsy or facial paralysis, not all cases are Bell’s palsy. Facial nerve palsy can occur quickly or slowly, depending on the cause and type. It may go away on its own or cause permanent paralysis. It is vital for a thorough diagnosis to be made to determine the best options for treatment, including surgical options if needed.

Facial nerve palsy often involves damage to the facial nerve from a viral infection that causes inflammation of the facial nerves. Herpes simplex virus, Lyme disease, mumps, influenza-B viruses and other medical conditions can cause damage to the facial nerves. Symptoms can appear quickly, as is the case with Bell’s palsy, or slowly over time. Common symptoms include:

  • Heaviness or numbness on one side of the face
  • One eye will not close or blink
  • Drooling, trouble chewing and other mouth dysfunction
  • Pain behind the ear or tenderness
  • The face looks flat and expressionless

When these symptoms occur, it is vital to get a thorough examination and diagnosis. This may include an MRI, x-rays, lab testing and clinical evaluation.

Treatment for Facial Nerve Palsy

Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, is one of the top experts in treating facial nerve palsy, with extensive experience in the field. Treatment for facial nerve palsy depends on the patient and is always customized to their needs. With facial nerve palsy, it is common for the nerves to heal over time and begin working correctly in several months. However, if there is permanent damage to the facial nerves, surgery may be required to restore muscle function. Dr. Rosenberg offers eyelid surgery, nerve transfers/grafting and muscle transfers as a few of his treatments for those experiencing ongoing facial paralysis due to nerve damage.

If you have been diagnosed with facial nerve palsy and want to explore treatment options to restore function and improve your appearance, contact Dr. Rosenberg’s office for an appointment.

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Our Patient Reviews

Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 11 reviews

Tonio Jennifer

Knowledgeable Doctor, great staff...somehow Dr Rosenberg makes you feel that no matter the odds he will come thru for you and with me he did so many times

Karmita Avila

I haven't the opportunity to meet the doctor yet, I have an appointment. I was referred by an ENT doctor in NJ, Dr. Douglas Leventhal, nice, young, excellent bed manners. Unfortunately he does not reconstruction nasal perforation, but he was very interested in helping me, and he referred me to a colleague in NY, and asked me wait a call from them, otherwise to call him back if they didn't contact me. Thanks GOD, they are very efficient and received, today two calls , I finally got to talk to Evelyn, very kind, and patient, gave me the appointment, I hope that my present health problem due to bad medical practice years ago, Dr. Rossenberg, can reconstruct my septum. I thank you from deep of my heart.

Nada Alkhawam

I want to thank DR. Rosenberg for his time and he’s amazing staff,he did a wonderful job operating on my face moving the cyst last Tuesday , I couldn’t believe my self the way he operates berly any brosis, he’s amazing surgeon , and he’s staff especially Ann& daina they are on top everything sweetheart they answered all my questions, with friendly since humor, I’m so lucky to have him As surgeon

Theresa Norris

Excellent surgeon supported by caring medical team members. Highly recommend.

Jan Wong

Dr. Rosenberg and his staff are thoughtful, caring and made me feel at ease during my procedure and at my follow up visits. Highly competent and friendly staff. Definitely recommend.

Sue Bee

An excellent Doctor who is kind and compassionate. He genuinely cares about his patients and their well-being.

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Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.
234 East 85th Street, 4th Floor
New York NY 10028

(212) 241-9410

Opening hours:
Monday & Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.
2052 Richmond Road
Staten Island NY 10306

(718) 420-1279

Opening hours:
Monday & Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM