How Plastic Surgery Is Changing the Game for Those with Facial Paralysis and Bell's Palsy

Bell’s palsy comes on unexpectedly and without explanation. This sudden episode of facial muscle weakness or paralysis occurs because of damage to the 7th cranial nerve. It causes pain and discomfort on one side of the face or head.

Most people go on to recover from Bell’s palsy within two weeks to six months with full restoration of facial strength and expression. But some patients suffer long-term side effects such as a downward droop of the brow, nostril, lip, eyelid, and/or cheek on the affected side of the face.

People from around the world suffering the facial paralysis -- whether due to Bell’s Palsy, Lyme disease, trauma, or acoustic neuroma -- travel to The Aesthetic Surgery Center in New York CIty’s Upper East Side to benefit from the plastic surgery skills of Elliott H. Rose, MD. 

Dr. Rose is an expert at restoring facial symmetry with microsurgery techniques. Read on to learn how you can benefit.

About facial paralysis

Facial paralysis can strike anyone of any age. It may develop due to birth defects, brain tumor resection, trauma, or a condition such as Bell’s Palsy or Lyme disease.

In addition to a distorted, drooping appearance to one side of your face that can affect the eyes, cheeks, mouth, and nostrils, you may also have trouble chewing, drinking without dribbling, speaking clearly, and offering facial expressions such as a smile. Some people may experience incomplete eye closure and unwanted tearing.

In general, facial paralysis can be devastating to your self-esteem and daily function. At The Aesthetic Surgery Center, we offer revolutionary solutions.

Plastic surgery reforms your look

Plastic surgery offers a way to restore a symmetrical appearance to your face as well as improve function. Dr. Rose does a comprehensive analysis of your facial paralysis and nerve function. With the aid of computerized imaging and detailed photographs, he creates a blueprint to reanimate your face.

Techniques used to restore your facial animation and symmetry include nerve grafting, muscle transfer, and tendon transfers.

These treatments actually take nerves, tendons, or muscles from other parts of your body and surgically transplant them into the face. This helps restore movement and sensation so you can control your facial muscles and even smile again.

Dr. Rose has also pioneered a new procedure using the fascia lata sling to support the corners of your lips and nostrils to create a truly natural look.

Recovery and resumption of normal life

In just two to three weeks after surgery, you should be able to resume your normal, day-to-day activities. Early signs of restoration of movement in your face start about four to six weeks after surgery.

With physical therapy, biofeedback, and home exercises, you’re able to restore your facial expressions. After three to four months, Dr. Rose may recommend minor cosmetic adjustments to perfect your look.

If you’re suffering from the effects of facial paralysis, there is hope. Call The Aesthetic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation and analysis of your needs. Dr. Rose is ready and able to help restore your features and expressions. Call today or request an appointment using this website.

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