Dr. Azizzadeh, director of the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, understands the importance of bringing his patients the most cutting edge and revolutionary treatments possible for all types of facial paralysis conditions, including the extremely rare Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a condition that can bring severe facial paralysis to individuals as a result of the reactivation of the chicken pox virus. At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, Dr. Azizzadeh utilizes the same comprehensive approach in treating the condition with both non-invasive and surgical procedures.
What Is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is a condition in which shingles compromises the facial nerve, often time resulting in symptoms including hearing loss on the affected side of the face and even temporary facial paralysis as well as a blister like rash near the ear. Ramsay Hunt is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that brings chicken pox to children, and it is believed that once an individual is healed from the chicken pox, the virus can lay dormant for years and surface again as Ramsay HuntSyndrome later in life. To combat the virus itself, a patient is usually given very high doses of antiviral medications.
If you believe that you may be suffering from the condition, seeking proper medical attention in a timely manner to lower your risk of complications is of the utmost importance as the facial paralysis induced by Ramsay Hunt Syndrome can be much more severe than in instances of other conditions.
Facial Paralysis Caused By Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
Because facial paralysis is a common symptom of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, world-renowned facial paralysis surgeon BabakAzizzadeh, MD, FACS, treats patients dealing with the condition who are struggling with regaining facial animation. Much like other forms of facial paralysis, the type that is associated with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome can occur very quickly and without warning, though a tell-tale sign that a person may be suffering from the condition is a painful rash near the ear.
When Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is treated early, patients have the highest chance of getting full recovery. To aid in a symmetrical and balanced appearance in the meantime, Dr. Azizzadeh may utilize Botox therapy and fillers to help bring symmetry to his patient’s faces. Botox works to actually relax the paralyzed muscles in the face creating less of a pull during a smile or other facial expressions.
If you’re experiencing permanent facial paralysis as a result of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, there are several surgical options that have brought great success to patients from around the globe, including the masseter-to-facial nerve transfer and cross-facial-nerve-transplant.
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome FAQ
Because individuals who suffer from facial paralysis as a result of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome often have a great deal of questions as their condition arises seemingly out of no where, Dr. Azizzadeh has compiled a list of his most frequently asked questions to help you better understand your condition. If you have additional questions, we encourage you to contact our medical practice today.
Q: Is facial paralysis caused by Ramsay Hunt Syndrome painful?
A: Ramsay Hunt Syndrome itself can bring a very painful blister like rash to the individual suffering from the disorder, which can be painful. Facial paralysis as a result of the condition, however, is most likely not.
Q: Am I a good candidate to undergo Botox for facial paralysis?
A: If you’re experiencing an uneven smile as a result of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, you might be a great candidate to undergo treatment. To find out, it’s important to schedule a consultation at the Facial Paralysis Institute.
Q: Are treatments to help facial paralysis caused by Ramsay Hunt Syndrome covered by insurance?
A: This depends greatly on your insurance provider. At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, we make sure to work with your insurance company to the best of our ability in an attempt to get as much of your treatment covered as possible.
Q: Who should administer Botox treatments for facial paralysis?
A: It is ideal to have an experienced facial plastic surgeon give you Botox injections for your condition, as they have the most experience of both the function and aesthetics of the face.
Q: How long does facial paralysis from Ramsay Hunt Syndrome usually last?
A: This greatly depends on how soon you’re able to seek treatment for your condition. The most important part of curingRamsay Hunt Syndrome is to make sure that you visit a physician as soon as you realize you may be suffering from the disorder, as fighting the virus is key to reduce the length of your disorder and future complications.
Contact The Facial Paralysis Institute Today
Understanding that there are options for individuals suffering from facial paralysis induced by Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is the first step in putting a smile back on your face. If you would like more information regarding treatment for facial paralysis as a result of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, we encourage you to contact the Facial Paralysis Institute today to schedule your consultation with revolutionary surgeon Dr. Azizzadeh. At the Facial Paralysis Institute, Dr. Azizzadeh works to come up with a custom treatment plan for each and every patient, as he understands the importance of re-creating your facial balance unique to you.