Bell’s palsy, the most common cause of facial paralysis, causes weakness of the mimetic muscles (responsible for facial expression) in one hemiface. Patients will experience significant problems in chewing, swallowing, smiling and closing their eye. There are different theories behind the real cause of Bell’s palsy; whether it is an autoimmune disease or a viral infection, the symptoms are the same, so is the treatment. It is very important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to get the adequate treatment. However, sometimes Bell’s palsy may cause permanent weakness of the muscles responsible for facial expression. Fortunately, Dr. Abi Akl can either use botox injections on the healthy side to achieve symmetry, or can perform a variety of surgeries to restore facial symmetry and functionality.
Dr. Abi Akl is an expert in facial paralysis treatment. During your consultation, he will answer all your concerns and explain to you every step of the procedure and what to expect on the short and long term.
If you are interested in facial paralysis treatment, schedule a virtual or clinical appointment or call our office.