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Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes the muscles on one side of the face to become weak or paralyzed. Affecting only one side of the face, it causes the facial features to droop or stiffen and possibly be immobile. Medical professionals believe Bell’s palsy is caused by some sort of trauma to the seventh cranial nerve, also called the facial nerve.

The symptoms of Bell’s palsy tend to suddenly occur. Although, some patients report feeling pain behind their ears a day or two before the onset of symptoms. The full force of symptoms is generally seen within one or two days and last from a few weeks to six months before fading away on their own. Rare cases become permanent.

Patients often fear they are experiencing a stroke. However, stoke symptoms are more widespread, extending to the extremities. Bell’s palsy only affects the facial nerves on one side. Pressure on the facial nerve by a condition or illness is believed to be the cause.

Salt Lake City Facial Paralysis

There is no cure for Bell’s palsy nor is there a treatment to stop symptoms once they set in. Because the malady is usually temporary, treatments focus on mitigating the symptoms or shortening the overall duration of the condition. If the cause is a virus that affects the facial nerves, antiviral medications are prescribed. Corticosteroids can decrease the swelling, perhaps aiding to shorten the duration of symptoms.

In rare cases, where the symptoms prove to be permanent, surgical options are available to restore balance and symmetry to the facial features. Dr. Eric Cerrati can explain more about possible causes and treatments for Bell’s palsy on a case-by-case basis at his offices in South Jordan or Salt Lake City. As an experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, he can provide the answers you seek and more information. Contact either one of his offices today to schedule a Bell’s palsy treatment consultation.

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Dr. Cerrati, Nani and the entire staff made my day today! I put my wallet on the hood of my car and drove off with it there on my way to my appointment this morning. By the time I realized what I had done my wallet was long gone. I ended up being 20 minutes late for my appointment (which I absolutely hate) and the staff was nothing but understanding and so so nice when I told them what happened. It was my first experience in the office but absolutely not my last! Not only am I impressed with the way I was treated but they did an amazing job!! My appointment was short and sweet with a job well done and I couldn't help but leave with happy tears in my eyes. Kind people are the best!!!

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I had rhinoplasty with Dr. Cerrati. From my initial consultation though my follow ups, Dr. Cerrati listened to me. I got the exact result I had hoped for which was quite subtle. My recovery was way better than I expected. I needed one pain pill and was not in much pain at all. His MA came into the office on Xmas Eve to remove my cast so I could be out and about without a cast. I also had very little bruising. His staff is awesome. Haley was so responsive in helping me to schedule surgery. She actually responded to my email at 6:15 am and answered every inquiry I had. I had a nosebleed unrelated to my surgery and Dr. Cerrati made sure to squeeze me in on one of surgery dates just to make sure everything was okay. He is calm, knowledgeable and skilled. I was completely at ease throughout the process. I researched thoroughly before choosing him. I liked that he is younger with updated techniques and that he specializes in facial surgery. Highly recommend.

Brittany H.

I came to see Dr. Cerrati after having a total Thyroidectomy earlier this year. The surgery didn't go as planned and I had to have a few other emergency surgeries right after. The scarring from all the surgeries didn't look very good and I had some tethering underneath that needed to be taken care of. Dr. Cerrati was great about explaining everything that would be done to remove the scar tissue and reclose the skin. I also had lots of anxiety about having another surgery since I had such a bad experience last time. Dr. Cerrati and the staff were very understanding and accommodating about my anxiety. I am very pleased with the way my scar looks now. I am confident that the scar will fade considerably and it will hardly be noticeable. I do feel like there were some communication issues when I would call in but I believe that it was not the doctor's fault and that it was more overall staffing issues. Just make sure you talk to the right people and get the phone numbers for his nurse and then all will go great!

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Dr. Cerrati and his staff are amazing!! They made me feel so comfortable from the start of my appointment. I can already see the results of my Botox and love it!! I definitely recommend him to all my friends!!