How Has Facial Paralysis Treatment Changed Your Life?
When it comes to treating facial paralysis, naturally there is a great deal of focus on external changes and how a patient’s appearance will look different as a result of the treatment. But facial paralysis treatment can bring many other kinds of changes that aren’t as readily apparent. Some of Dr. Babak Azizzadeh’s patients at the Facial Paralysis Institute talk about how their treatment impacted them on the inside, not just on the outside. Here is what they gained from their treatment experience.
A New Perspective
Delia’s facial paralysis deeply affected not just her, but her family as well. At one point, her young son showed Delia a photo of herself pre-paralysis and asked when she could bring that woman back. After surgery and Botox injections to alleviate pain, as well as sessions with a facial therapist, Delia found that a lot of the tension and stress had been removed from her face. She also learned to let go.
“Yes, I have changed and look slightly different in some ways, but it’s taught me a lot about how people are and made me more accepting of different things,” Delia says. “I look at myself in the mirror a little differently now and I also see things differently, and I’ve taught my kids a lot, too.”
Feeling Like Themselves Again
While dealing with his facial paralysis, Juan made a point to be tough and not fall into depression about some of the things his condition cost him: the ability to laugh or smile, or kiss his spouse. After the surgery, he could already see dramatic improvement even though he hadn’t fully recovered yet. His life was back on track.
“I feel relieved; my quality of life has improved and I’m not self-conscious like I used to be,” Juan says. “The reason I did this, to be able to smile for my son, is going to come true.”
When Jane woke up after surgery for a brain tumor, the right side of her face was paralyzed. When it was clear the condition wasn’t going away on its own, she says, “I was depressed; my self-esteem was gone.”
She regained her sense of self after her surgery with Dr. Azizzadeh, who created a “soft, symmetrical smile” for Jane. She is so pleased with the results that she says she would undergo the surgery again “in a heartbeat.”
Facial paralysis can be difficult to cope with for anyone, but it can be especially tough on younger people. Ryder is a young boy who said he used to be teased and was afraid of people—because half of his face was paralyzed, he only felt like half a person. Thanks to supportive and loving parents and the work of Dr. Azizzadeh, Ryder’s self-esteem has grown tremendously.
“I can feel my face and smile,” Ryder says. “I can speak better, I’m handsome—I like myself.”
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