How Botox Can Help Treat Synkinesis
Many people know that Botox injections are commonly used to fight wrinkles and reverse signs of aging in the face. But did you know that Botox is used to help patients who have experienced synkinesis? At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, Dr. Azizzadeh is committed to helping patients suffering from synkinesis using the most innovative techniques, including Botox injections.
What is Synkinesis?
The word synkinesis means “simultaneous movement” and is used to describe a condition where muscles abnormally synchronize together in movement. With synkinesis, muscles that don’t typically contract together will do so at the same time causing unwanted facial movement. One of the most common effects of synkinesis is eye closure or twitching while the patient attempts to laugh or smile. Synkinesis can also affect a patient’s ability to move the corner of their mouth upwards. Since this occurs on only one side of the face, these conditions cause the face to become asymmetrical and the patient to feel self-conscious about their appearance.
What Causes Synkinesis?
Synkinesis most often occurs after facial nerve regeneration following Bell’s palsy or when the facial nerve has been cut and sewn back together. These can sometimes cause the nerve fibers to be connected to the wrong nerve group or the facial nerve fibers implant into different muscles. The result is abnormal and unwanted muscle synchronization. Patients who have suffered from Bell’s palsy or trauma to the facial nerve and have undergone restorative procedures are encouraged to help prevent synkinesis by focusing on maintaining symmetry in their face.
How Does Botox Help Treat Synkinesis?
At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, we have found that Botox is an extremely effective treatment for patients with synkinesis. Botox is designed to relax the muscles and prevent them from contracting. Typically used to prevent wrinkles from forming from repeated facial muscle movement, Botox is used in synkinesis patients to treat both the normal and abnormal sides of the face. In the normal side, Botox is used to relax muscle movement. In the abnormal and hyperactive side, the Botox is used to reduce tension. The use of Botox helps to create a more symmetrical appearance in the face and reduce the unwanted muscle movement occurring due to synkinesis. Patients at the Facial Paralysis Institute receive Botox treatments in conjunction with neuromuscular retraining and physical therapy in order to see the most optimal results.
Additional Treatments for Synkinesis
If patients are in need of surgical treatment for synkinesis, Dr. Azizzadeh can perform selective neurolysis in order to help patients regain their normal facial function. The procedure is performed by releasing the muscle that prevents an upward smile motion and reducing the actions of the nerves that are blocking the smile mechanism. Selective neurolysis is a complex procedure; however it involves minimal risk and downtime for the patient. With this innovative procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh is able to help patients overcome synkinesis and smile again.
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Patients suffering from synkinesis no longer have to be embarrassed by their unwanted facial movements and asymmetrical appearance. World renowned facial paralysis expert Dr. Azizzadeh is committed to helping patients with synkinesis overcome this condition and restore their face to a normal appearance. Call us and schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh at (310) 657-2203 today!
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