Botox is an effective treatments for patients with residual effects of Bell’s palsy, including partial facial paralysis and synkinesis. Specifically, Bell’s palsy’s effects can include weakness and uncoordinated movement of the face; the condition may lead to temporary facial weakness or long-term facial nerve paralysis.
You may be surprised to learn that Botox is a treatment option for patients with synkinesis, partial facial paralysis and bell’s palsy for twenty years. As it is a protein derived from botulinum toxin, Botox relaxes unwanted muscle movements on the non-afflicted side of the face while reducing the tension in afflicted areas, hyperactive due to synkinesis.
When carefully administered by a physician, Botox can create more symmetrical facial movements and reduce the signs of facial paralysis and synkinesis. Botox helps relax facial muscles and prevent them from contracting while reducing tension in areas of the face that are hyperactive due to synkinesis.
Botox injections can be used to treat additional symptoms of Bell’s palsy including tears when eating and eye-mouth synkinesis – where the facial nerve grows back in a different way, which can lead to a winking eye when eating, smiling or laughing
Treatment response for Bell’s palsy should can be seen within hours to days after Botox injection with the full effect usually achieved by the end of the first week. The beneficial effect of Botox injection typically lasts for 3 months and duration may vary with each patient.
If you have residual facial paralysis from Bell’s Palsy, schedule a consultation with Concept Medical today to determine if you are a good candidate for Botox.