Beverly Hills Bell’s Palsy Treatment

Bell’s palsy is a condition that can cause weakness or paralysis of one side of the face. This can leave patients with problems, both cosmetically and with the daily function of their face. Dr. Ben Talei, a dual board-certified plastic surgeon at the Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery, offers state-of-the-art Bell’s palsy treatment as well as facial reconstructive surgery procedures for patients in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.

What is Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s palsy is a sudden, temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face. The exact cause is often unknown, but it is believed to result from inflammation of the facial nerve, which controls the facial muscles. This condition can lead to facial drooping, difficulty closing the eye on the affected side, loss of taste, and increased sensitivity to sound in one ear.

Bell’s palsy manifests with distinctive facial symptoms that typically develop suddenly. Individuals with this condition may experience facial weakness or paralysis on one side, resulting in drooping of the mouth or eyelid. Smile asymmetry, difficulty closing one eye and diminished sense of taste on the affected side are common. In some cases, individuals may notice increased sensitivity to sound in one ear. While the precise cause of Bell’s palsy is often unclear, these specific facial symptoms are indicative of the condition.

How is Bell’s Palsy Treated?

Dr. Talei can perform several procedures to restore facial symmetry and functionality. The minimally invasive procedures include Botox injections to the unaffected side. Beyond this, Dr. Talei can perform various surgical procedures to restore facial balance and functionality.

Facial reanimation surgery addresses the consequences of significant facial nerve damage, often seen in conditions such as Bell’s palsy. This surgical intervention aims to improve facial symmetry and function in cases where the paralysis is permanent, or recovery is incomplete through nonsurgical means. Various techniques may be employed, such as nerve grafts, muscle transfers, or implants to restore facial muscle movement. The goal is to enhance the patient’s ability to express emotions, smile and perform daily activities that involve facial expressions.

Bell’s Palsy Treatment Options FAQ

Are there treatment options for Bell’s palsy?
Yes, there are both non-invasive and surgical treatment options available. The choice depends on the severity and individual circumstances.

Can surgery be an option for Bell’s palsy?
Yes, in severe cases, or if non-invasive treatments don’t provide sufficient improvement, surgical interventions may be considered.

What are the surgical treatments for Bell’s palsy?
Surgical options include procedures like facial nerve decompression, where pressure on the facial nerve is relieved. Another option is facial reanimation surgery, which aims to restore facial movement using various techniques.

How is the decision made between non-invasive and surgical treatments?
The choice depends on factors such as the severity of symptoms, the individual’s overall health, and the response to initial treatments. Consultation with Dr. Talei is crucial for personalized recommendations.

Is surgery the only option for severe Bell’s palsy cases?
While surgery may be recommended for severe cases, it’s not the only option. Some individuals with severe Bell’s palsy may still respond well to non-invasive treatments. The decision is made on a case-by-case basis.

What is the success rate of surgical treatments for Bell’s palsy?
Success rates vary, and outcomes depend on the specific surgical procedure, the timing of intervention and individual factors. A thorough consultation can provide more insights into expected outcomes.

Contact the Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery for a Consultation

Dr. Talei has dual fellowship training in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and vascular birthmarks and congenital anomalies with laser surgery. His training in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery gives him the expertise to treat conditions such as facial paralysis.

If you are suffering from Bell’s palsy and would like more information about Dr. Talei’s treatment, contact our Bell’s palsy treatment specialists at the Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery and schedule your consultation. Dr. Talei needs to learn more about the extent of your weakness or paralysis and hear your goals for the treatment. This is the key to devising the perfect plan to correct the effects of Bell’s palsy.


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