Facial expressions are a key element in communication. They often communicate as much as the words we speak. This is why facial paralysis can be so devastating; it harms or takes away a vital mode of communication. If you or someone you love has experienced facial paralysis due to stroke, acoustic neuroma, or Bells palsy, treatment at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction may be able to help.
Symptoms of Bells palsy can occur in many different forms, from excessive tearing or dryness of the eyes, drooping eyelids and corners of the mouth, or facial ticks, to weakness and even total paralysis of one or, rarely, both sides of the face. Bells palsy treatment at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction can effectively address these problems and restore normal function to your face.
The two facial nerves, one on each side of the face, are responsible for many different facial functions. These range from controlling the muscles responsible for blinking, smiling, frowning, to transmitting taste sensations to the brain.
Facial Nerve Post Repair
When impulses traveling along the facial nerves are disrupted, facial paralysis can occur. This condition, known as Bells palsy, is caused by inflammation of the facial nerve, which then swells inside the bony tunnel that surrounds it. Methods of Bells palsy treatment seek to relieve this pressure and restore the facial nerve’s ability to transmit messages to and from the brain.
A variety of medications can be used to relieve swelling of the facial nerve, as well as to address the causes of that swelling. Other methods of Bells palsy treatment can be used to promote nerve health, and in the severest of cases, the physicians of the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction can relieve the pressure surgically, or even transplant nerves from other locations in the body to replace damaged parts of the facial nerve. Contact us today for more information about Bells palsy treatment.