3 Steps - If You Wake Up with Facial Paralysis
Waking up with facial paralysis can be a frightening experience. Most people are completely shocked and aren’t sure what to do next. Beverly Hills facial paralysis expert Dr. Azizzadeh put together a list of the most important steps to follow if you notice that one side of your face seems droopy and numb.
Expert Advice from Facial Paralysis Surgeon Dr. Azizzadeh
Dr. Azizzadeh is Harvard trained in facial plastic surgery with an emphasis on facial nerve damage. Over the years he has helped countless patients with varying degrees of facial paralysis. Dr. Azizzadeh is recognized globally as a leader in the field of facial paralysis and is the director of the Facial Paralysis Institute. He has been featured in multiple media outlets for his facial nerve work including an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Dr. Azizzadeh has made a global impact in the Facial Paralysis world and has been bestowed the honor of hosting the Facial Nerve Symposium in 2017.
Step 1: Visit your Primary Care Doctor or Emergency Room Immediately
If you notice that you are having trouble using your facial muscles normally, it’s important that you see your Primary care physician right away. If you don’t have a primary doctor or if he/she is not available, you should go to the emergency room. Timing is very important and you should be seen the same day that you notice the paralysis. This visit should consist of a comprehensive physical and neurological examination that is focused on the ear, head, and neck. Imaging such as an MRI or CT scan might be necessary to help determine the cause of the paralysis. If the imaging doesn’t show the cause, it’s likely that you have Bell’s palsy. At this point, your doctor will need to prescribe anti-viral and steroid medications for you to take. The urgency of the office visit has to do with starting the appropriate medications in a timely manner. This is to ensure that you have the best chance to make a full recovery.
Step 2: Call the Facial Paralysis Institute
If your doctor has diagnosed you with Bell’s palsy and you’ve began to take the anti-viral and steroid medications, the next thing to do is call Dr. Azizzadeh at the Beverly Hills Facial Paralysis Institute to schedule a consultation. Dr. Azizzadeh doesn’t recommend doing any kind of invasive treatment until a year after the diagnosis. The majority of patients who get Bell’s palsy make a full recovery on their own within the first year. If however, your paralysis from Bell’s palsy does not subside after one year, we strongly recommend you consult in-person, or on Skype if you live out of town, with facial nerve expert, Dr. Azizzadeh. He creates a customized treatment plan for patients that have residual symptoms left after a year of the onset. Treatment options may include Botox injections, facial physical therapy, or even surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh doesn’t recommend these treatments sooner than a year after the onset of paralysis because if performed too soon, they may hinder your body’s ability to heal itself and alter your outcome. That’s not to say that you can’t have a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh before the one year mark. He recommends establishing yourself as a patient as soon as possible so that he can get to know you and follow your case throughout the duration of your treatment.
Step 3: Be Wary of Advice
When you are diagnosed with Bell’s palsy and begin to research specialists, you realize how few doctors truly specialize in facial nerve damage. Many times, doctors who are trained in other specialties will recommend treatment that can be detrimental, simply because it’s not their area of expertise. This is why it’s important to ask about the doctor’s credentials and experience treating Bell’s palsy before proceeding with treatment. One form of treatment that is commonly recommended is electrical stimulation therapy. Dr. Azizzadeh doesn’t recommend proceeding with this as it can actually prevent patients from regaining facial movement and create synkinesis (a tightening and mis-wiring of the facial muscles). Here at the Beverly Hills Facial Paralysis Institute, you will receive the highest level of expertise and work with Dr. Azizzadeh, a leader in the field of facial paralysis to create a treatment plan that’s completely customized to your needs.
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