BBC Reporter Discusses Struggle with Bell’s Palsy over the Last Year
One year ago, prominent Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh commented on BBC reporter John Sudworth’s Bell’s palsy diagnosis. After his sudden onset of Bell’s palsy, Mr. Sudworth was unable to move the muscles on the left side of his face or close his left eye. Despite his facial paralysis, he decided to continue as an on-air reporter for BBC. Mr. Sudworth admits that it was difficult maintaining composure on television when his left eye would not close and he was not able to smile. Mr. Sudworth recently updated the public with a status report on his condition and was pleased to report that he has now regained movement in his left eyebrow, left eyelid, and left side of his mouth. He is fully able to blink and smile, the two things he missed the most while he suffered the effects of Bell’s palsy. Now, Mr. Sudworth hopes that his story will encourage others with Bell’s palsy and bring awareness to this condition.
What Is Bell’s Palsy?
Bell’s palsy is a facial nerve disorder that causes a sudden onset of partial facial paralysis. Bell’s palsy comes with no warning signs and the paralysis sets in immediately at the onset. Physicians are not completely sure what causes Bell’s palsy, but it is most commonly believed to be the result of a virus that causes the facial nerve to swell and become damaged. Most people diagnosed with Bell’s palsy will make a complete recovery within six months with no permanent damage caused to the face. Unfortunately, a small minority of people will have lasting paralysis and will require further treatment to correct the facial paralysis. At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, facial paralysis specialist Dr. Azizzadeh is committed to assisting patients with Bell’s palsy regain control of their facial movements and curb the effects of Bell’s palsy.
What is the Best Treatment for Bell’s Palsy?
When an individual has developed facial paralysis, they have to seek immediate medical attention to ensure that he or she does not have a serious illness. A thorough neurologic examination and possible imaging studies may be required depending on the history of the patient. If the patient has been evaluated and no other issue is discovered, then the patient is given the diagnosis of Bell's Palsy and medical treatment needs to be initiated immediately with steroids and antiviral medications. Eye protection is also advised to avoid complications.
If the patient has not had a normal return of facial function after one year, then the patient may be a candidate for further treatment. The two most challenging aspects of Mr. Sudworth’s Bell’s palsy were his inability to close his left eye and his inability to smile. At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, Dr. Azizzadeh utilizes the most cutting-edge procedures in order to improve the effects of facial paralysis caused by Bell’s palsy. In patients who experience inability to close one of their eyes completely, it is important that they protect the eye and reduce the risk of infection by using eye drops or protective eyewear. For those who need surgical management of the eye, Dr. Azizzadeh and his team of experts can use gold weight implantation of the upper eyelid that is paired with lower eyelid reconstruction. The Facial Paralysis Institute also has expertise in eyelid springs, a procedure that gives spontaneous eye blinking.
In order to help patients regain their smile, expert facial paralysis surgeon Dr. Azizzadeh can perform the innovative Selective Neurolysisand/or Masseter to Facial Nerve Transfer depending on the nature and severity of the paralysis. These intricate procedures involve modification of the facial nerve, in order to improve the patient's smile and move the facial muscles in a more coordinated manner. Patients with Bell’s palsy are encouraged to seek medical attention from an experienced surgeon who has extensive knowledge of facial paralysis treatments.
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If you or a loved one is suffering from Bell’s palsy, don’t wait another day to contact facial paralysis expert Dr. Azizzadeh. Using the most innovative treatments available, Dr. Azizzadeh is committed to improving the quality of life for those suffering from Bell’s palsy and facial paralysis. Schedule a consultation at the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills by calling (310) 657-2203 today!
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