Some of the common problems with some forms of facial paralysis are an unsymmetrical smile or muscle spasms. One corner of the mouth may not turn up when some individuals with facial paralysis smile, or they may experience various muscle spasms, or synkinesis. One of the treatment options to help minimize the appearance and discomfort of symptoms of facial paralysis is selective neurolysis surgery, available through Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, in New York City.
Dr. Rosenberg is one of the few facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons who specialize in facial paralysis treatment. He is dually board certified by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In addition, he was a founding member of Mount Sinai’s Facial Nerve Paralysis Program in New York. If you are seeking treatment for facial paralysis, you will not find a more respected surgeon in NYC.
What is Selective Neurolysis Surgery?
Those who want improved facial balance or symmetry to combat partial facial paralysis, or synkinesis, may be candidates for selective neurolysis surgery. During this procedure, the platysma muscle that affects mouth movement is released to allow easier smiling function. In addition, nerve activity can be reduced to allow for easier muscle movement. The procedure is performed similarly to a facelift to access the muscles and nerves, but it involves advanced techniques to address facial paralysis symptoms.
Benefits of selective neurolysis surgery can include improving the symmetry of the smile and face. This is as well as reduced tightness in the muscles for improved comfort and movement. It can also improve muscle coordination for those with synkinesis. If you are interested in learning more about selective neurolysis surgery and whether you are a good candidate, contact the office of Dr. Rosenberg to schedule an evaluation.