Botox is one of the most effective treatments for patients with Bell's palsy, partial facial paralysis and synkinesis.
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Botox has been a mainstay treatment for patients with synkinesis, partial facial paralysis and bell’s palsy for the past two decades. Botox is a protein derived from botulinum toxin. It relaxes unwanted muscle movements on the normal side of the face and reduces tension in areas of the face that are hyperactive due to synkinesis.
At the Facial Paralysis Insitute, Botox is utilized to address asymmetric facial movement in a novel manner to create a more symmetrical facial movement and reduce the signs of facial paralysis and synkinesis. Botox is most commonly utilized with neuromuscular retraining that will be performed by an experienced physical therapist.
For more information about the use of Botox, please contact the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, California.
Woman with facial movement disorder with synkinesis and treatment using Botox.
At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, Dr. Azizzadeh’s mission is to provide cutting-edge care to those who suffer from Bell’s palsy, partial facial paralysis, or synkinesis. He aims to answer patients’ questions in a thoughtful and thorough manner to give them confidence about their treatment options. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the use of Botox to treat facial paralysis.
Q: What is Botox?
A: Botox is a protein derived from botulinum toxin that can counteract the typical effects of Bell's palsy, which may include weakness and uncoordinated movement of the face; the condition may lead to temporary facial weakness or long-term facial nerve paralysis.
Q: How Does Botox Treat Facial Paralysis?
A: Botox is an effective, safe, and simple way to treat Bell’s palsy, partial facial nerve paralysis, and synkinesis. The protein is utilized to address asymmetric facial movement. It is designed to relax the muscles and prevent them from contracting. It relaxes unwanted muscle movements and reduces tension in areas of the face that are hyperactive due to synkinesis.
Q: Do Any Other Treatments Complement the Use of Botox?
A: Neuromuscular retraining from an expert physical therapist should be utilized at the same time as Botox treatments to optimize the results. You’ll want to make sure that you receive care from a facial paralysis expert because surgical options may need to be considered if Botox injections and physical therapy do not completely relieve the symptoms of Bell’s palsy, partial facial paralysis, or synkinesis. Selective neurolysis is the most advanced surgical option. During selective neurolysis, Dr. Azizzadeh releases the platysma muscle and decreases nerve activity in the nerves that counteract the smile mechanism so that the mouth can once again turn upward, restoring the patient’s ability to smile.
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