Botox has been a mainstay treatment for patients with synkinesis, partial facial paralysis and bell’s palsy for the past two decades. Botox is a protein derived from botulinum toxin. It relaxes unwanted muscle movements on the normal side of the face and reduces tension in areas of the face that are hyperactive due to synkinesis.
At the Facial Paralysis Institute, Botox is utilized to address asymmetric facial movement in a novel manner to create a more symmetrical facial movement and reduce the signs of facial paralysis and synkinesis. Botox is most commonly utilized with neuromuscular retraining that will be performed by an experienced physical therapist.
Q: What is Botox?
A: Botox is a protein derived from botulinum toxin that can counteract the typical effects of Bell’s palsy, which may include weakness and uncoordinated movement of the face; the condition may lead to temporary facial weakness or long-term facial nerve paralysis.
Q: How Does Botox Treat Facial Paralysis?
A: Botox is an effective, safe, and simple way to treat Bell’s palsy, partial facial nerve paralysis, and synkinesis. The protein is utilized to address asymmetric facial movement. It is designed to relax the muscles and prevent them from contracting. It relaxes unwanted muscle movements and reduces tension in areas of the face that are hyperactive due to synkinesis. It is an effective facial palsy treatment method.
Q: Do Any Other Treatments Complement the Use of Botox?
A: Neuromuscular retraining from an expert physical therapist should be utilized at the same time as Botox treatments to optimize the results. You’ll want to make sure that you receive care from a facial paralysis expert because surgical options may need to be considered if Botox injections and physical therapy do not completely relieve the symptoms of Bell’s palsy, partial facial paralysis, or synkinesis.
Selective neurolysis is the most advanced surgical option. During selective neurolysis, Dr. Azizzadeh releases the platysma muscle and decreases nerve activity in the nerves that counteract the smile mechanism so that the mouth can once again turn upward, restoring the patient’s ability to smile.
If you are suffering from facial paralysis or any other related condition, schedule a consultation with Beverly Hills facial paralysis expert Dr. Azizzadeh by calling (310) 657-2203 today! He will help you receive top quality facial palsy treatment.
Botox for Bell’s Palsy
Botox injections offer safe, dependable treatments for many facial weakness and paralysis patients. A Botox treatment for permanent or longstanding Bell’s palsy is available to help patients mitigate the effects of unilateral facial weakness. It relaxes hyperactive muscles and temporarily restores facial symmetry, resulting in an improved facial appearance.
The Facial Paralysis Institute offers Botox for permanent Bell’s palsy treatments that have been shown to relax unwanted muscle movements on the normal side of the face. These treatments also help reduce tension in facial areas that are hyperactive due to synkinesis.
Q. What Is Permanent Bell’s Palsy?
In rare instances, Bell’s palsy may not disappear on its own. This causes permanent paralysis of one side of the face.
Permanent Bell’s palsy requires the peripheral facial nerve to be surgically connected with the spinal accessory or hypoglossal nerves. Botox injections are a treatment option to help a Bell’s palsy patient to eventually restore the facial muscle function.
If an individual experiences Bell’s palsy symptoms, he or she should visit the emergency room immediately. Generally, Bell’s palsy symptoms will disappear on their own within a few days or weeks after initial diagnosis.
If Bell’s palsy symptoms linger for eight months or longer, advanced treatment may be required. At this point, the facial paralysis experts at The Facial Paralysis Institute offer a variety of Bell’s palsy treatment options, including Botox for Bell’s palsy.
Botox Facial Paralysis Before After Photos
Check out the before and after photos below to see how Botox treatments have helped many Bell’s palsy patients rejuvenate their facial appearance.
What to Expect Before a Botox Treatment
It is essential to meet with a Dr. Azizzadeh before undergoing Botox treatment for Bell’s palsy. During a Botox consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, he will evaluate your facial movement and ask the patient about their goals and expectations for the treatment. Once he has all of this information, Dr. Azizzadeh will perform the Botox treatment.
Botox treatments are generally painless, but Dr. Azizzadeh can apply a numbing cream to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. The injections themselves usually take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to administer. Patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately after the treatment. The only restrictions are that you should not lie down for a couple of hours or work out for the rest of the day.
It takes one to two weeks to see the full results of the Botox treatment and the results last approximately four months. Once the Botox wears off, the patient needs to return to the Facial Paralysis Institute for another treatment with Dr. Azizzadeh.
Botox for Bell’s Palsy Cost
The cost of Botox for Bell’s palsy may vary based on the number of Botox units that a patient requires. Therefore, a Bell’s palsy patient should meet with Dr. Azizzadeh, who is an expert facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, to discuss the cost of Botox before he or she receives treatment.
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