Long Island, NY – If you suffer from partial or complete facial paralysis, you might find it difficult to smile or convey emotion. This can make it difficult to relate to others, and may affect your self-esteem.
The treatment for facial paralysis is known as facial reanimation surgery. This state-of-the-art procedure will allow you to raise the corners of your mouth and smile in a more symmetric fashion.
Here is how you can tell if you’re a good candidate for this life-changing surgery.
The Severity and Permanence of the Condition
Not everyone who suffers from facial paralysis needs facial reanimation treatment. Some paralysis will improve over time without any treatment at all.
To be a good candidate for facial reanimation surgery, you would have permanent total or nearly total facial paralysis on the side of your face that’s affected. The condition could be disturbing your sleep or affecting your ability to properly eat and chew. You would be a good candidate if you’ve tried more conservative treatment and progression of improvement is not seen.
Causes of Facial Paralysis
The causes of your facial paralysis will determine the necessary course of treatment. There are a variety of causes for facial paralysis including but not limited to:
- Bell’s palsy
- Lyme disease
- Infections of the middle ear
- Ear surgery
Facial Paralysis Symptoms
The symptoms you are suffering through may also determine your course of treatment. The symptoms of facial paralysis include:
- The inability to smile on one or both sides of the face
- Drooling or the inability to chew
- Facial asymmetry
- Inability to close one or both eyelids
- Drooping of the face
Less Severe Cases Should Still be Monitored
Even if the symptoms are slight and the condition seems to be improving over time, you should still see a facial paralysis surgeon to determine what’s causing your facial weakness. In some cases, you may find that your paralysis is more or less severe than you once suspected.
The Benefits of Facial Reanimation Surgery
If you are deemed to be a good candidate for surgery, you have much to look forward to. The procedure will allow you to:
- Produce facial expressions that match more closely from side to side
- Experience better eye closure of dry eyes because you’ll be able to close your eyelids tightly
- Speak clearly and improve facial expressions
Schedule a Consultation
The first step in determining if you’re a good candidate for surgery is to schedule a consultation. This appointment is where you should relay your concerns and surgery goals. At the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, we will listen to your concerns and recommend procedures to address your specific needs.
If you are experiencing facial paralysis, find out if you’re a good candidate for facial reanimation surgery. Schedule a consultation with New York plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Simpson today.
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