How Does Botox Help Bell’s Palsy & Synkinesis?

How Does Botox Help Bell’s Palsy & Synkinesis?Did you know that Botox is one of the most effective treatments for individuals suffering from partial facial paralysis, synkinesis, and Bell’s palsy? In this blog, world-renowned facial paralysis surgeon Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, explains how Botox is used to help give patients suffering from facial palsy a more balanced and symmetrical appearance without ever undergoing any type of surgery!

Botox For Facial Paralysis

Botox is often used to treat patients dealing with partial facial paralysis, Bell’s palsy, and synkinesis as it is a great help in relaxing unwanted muscle movements and can also limit the amount of tension experienced in areas of the face that seem to be hyperactive.  In the same way that Botox helps patients using the toxin for cosmetic purposes to achieve a more relaxed appearance, Botox injections to the paralyzed side of the face can actually loosen the paralyzed muscles, resulting in less of a downward facial pull. When the downward pull from Bell’s pals or partial facial paralysis can be limited, the face appears to be much more symmetrical and the physical signs of Bell’s palsy aren’t as noticeable.

Sometimes, after a patient has undergone facial paralysis surgery with Dr. Azizzadeh and is going through neuromuscular retraining to improve facial reanimation, Botox is used to assist in limiting the amount of undesirable facial movements that can take place.

Am I A Good Candidate For Botox Injections?

If you’ve been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy or facial paralysis, or are dealing with facial synkinesis, you might be an excellent candidate to receive Botox injections. The best way to find out if Botox can help bring improved symmetry to your appearance is to schedule a consultation with expert facial paralysis surgeon Dr. Azizzadeh and specially trained injector Jodi Slavica, RN. As one of the top treatments for the past two decades, Botox can bring an immense change to your face without the need for surgery.

Schedule Your Consultation At The Facial Paralysis Institute Today

Dealing with facial paralysis or Bell’s palsy can be extremely frustrating, but with the help of non-invasive Botox injections, patients can enjoy a more natural and symmetrical face in as little as just one office visit. If you’re ready to learn more about how Botox can help provide you with a more even appearance, we encourage you to contact the Facial Paralysis Institute today to schedule your initial appointment with world-renowned Bell’s palsy doctor Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS. During your first meeting, Dr. Azizzadeh and Jodi Slavica, RN, will be able to determine how Botox can benefit you.

For more information regarding Botox for Bell’s palsy and facial paralysis, please contact the Facial Paralysis Institute today by calling (310) 657-2203.

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Dr. Azizzadeh’s facial nerve textbook is the preeminent textbook for doctors on the subject.