How Can Botox Help Treat 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? Believe it or not, Botox is often a great treatment for facial synkinesis.
Botox has been a top treatment for synkinesis for the past two decades. It consists of a protein derived from botulinum toxin and has been shown to relax unwanted muscle movements in the face. In addition, Botox helps reduce tension in areas of the face that are hyperactive due to synkinesis.
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 palsy 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.
What makes Botox a safe, effective treatment for synkinesis? To better understand the benefits of Botox for synkinesis, let’s take a look at three key questions surrounding Botox treatments.
1. How Does Botox Work Exactly?
For synkinesis patients, Botox may be used to relax muscle movements in the abnormal and hyperactive side of the face. It helps create a more symmetrical appearance in the face and reduce unwanted muscle movements that occur due to synkinesis.
Nerves release a chemical messenger known as acetylcholine at the point where the nerve endings meet the muscle cells. Acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells, thereby causing muscle cells to contract and shorten.
Botulinum toxin stops the release of acetylcholine to prevent the contraction of muscle cells. It can be injected into Bell’s palsy patients in small concentrations and works quickly to prevent nerve cell signals from reaching the muscles.
2. What Should a Synkinesis Patient Expect During a Botox Treatment?
During a Botox treatment, a facial paralysis expert, like Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, will first assess the patient’s facial movement. Once they determine where it needs to be placed to achieve improvement, they will inject the Botox. Then, the Botox will help relax muscle movements in the face, and a synkinesis patient should notice the effects of the treatment within one week.
Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of The Facial Paralysis Institute is a globally recognized facial paralysis and reconstructive surgeon who has administered many Botox treatments to synkinesis patients. He takes an in-depth approach to Botox procedures and will ensure that a synkinesis patient knows what to expect throughout treatment. That way, a patient can establish realistic treatment goals.
3. Am I a Viable Candidate for Botox for Synkinesis?
Botox is a popular synkinesis treatment, but it is important to note that results may vary. Therefore, it is paramount for a synkinesis patient to consult with a facial paralysis expert before undergoing treatment.
As part of a consultation, Dr. Azizzadeh will examine a patient’s facial features and perform a comprehensive assessment. The consultation also enables a synkinesis patient to ask questions about Botox and address any treatment concerns with a facial paralysis expert.
Although Botox may be a great choice for many synkinesis patients, various alternative treatments are available that deliver proven results as well.
Schedule Your Consultation At The Facial Paralysis Institute
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 us to schedule your initial appointment with world-renowned Bell’s palsy doctor Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS. During your first meeting, Dr. Azizzadeh will be able to determine how Botox can benefit you.
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