Asymmetry and tightness in the recovering facial muscles is a significant problem for patients affected by facial palsy. Botulinum toxin (Botox®) injections can be used on the affected, or healthy side to achieve a more natural, relaxed appearance to the face, whilst taking away the sensations of pain and stiffness that occur with facial tightness
Surgery for facial tightness (synkinesis) is typically considered after maximising non-surgical measures, such as physical therapy or Botox® injections. Surgical interventions aim to address the underlying abnormal facial movements and restore more normal and controlled facial appearance and function.
Loss of the ability to smile can be one of the most devastating features of facial palsy. Thankfully, a number of options are available to help re-build a smile amongst patients with persistent facial weakness after facial palsy
Eyelid surgery for facial weakness is designed to improve the appearance of the eyelids, whilst also ensuring that the eye itself remains protected to avoid it drying out or generating excess tears.
Facial palsy can lead to weakness in the muscle that supports the eyebrow. The resulting drooping of the eyebrow can not only affect a patient's peripheral vision, but also have a detrimental impact on their overall appearance.