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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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Ling W.

Eric is such a great doctor! He treated me as family and was very thorough and diligent. I was very nervous but he made me feel comfortable at all times especially when undertaking a 7 hour surgery. I flew in all the way from the East Coast to see him as I heard he was the best in his field. His staff is friendly and caring. You can tell he has a good heart. I recommend!

Elizabeth M.

I am one month out from my procedure with Dr. Cerrati and could not be happier with my results. From my initial inquiry to today, both the doctor and the staff could not have been more helpful. Dr. Cerrati has a wonderful team that makes scheduling, payments, and follow up questions easy. The doctor himself is attentive, happy to answer questions and did a great job of listening to my concerns and ideas, while presenting his professional opinion in a respectful and helpful way. My recovery was a breeze, thanks to his careful techniques. At just one month, I am seeing a drastic improvement in both form and function. So thankful to have Dr. Cerrati based in my home of Utah, but I would have traveled across the country to see him!

Cinaman A.

Dr. Cerrati performed a facelift (w/ neck tightening), upper and lower blepharoplasty, and CO2 laser resurfacing for me in February 2021. I’m 3.5 months post op and the results have exceeded all my expectations; beyond what I ever could have imagined. I experienced minimal pain, swelling and bruising, after my 8 hour surgery and was ready to be seen in public in less than 10 days. Dr. Cerrati and his team are without question, second to none in their field. I have been treated with nothing but the utmost professionalism, compassion, patience, kindness and unconditional support from the beginning of my journey to today. Any questions or concerns I have ever expressed have ALWAYS been given the utmost respect and Dr. Cerrati pays attention to every detail in his patient care. His artistic talent and surgical skills are remarkable. In my opinion, he is a truly gifted plastic surgeon. The best you’ll find in the industry. If you’re considering any facial plastics procedures, Dr. Cerrati, and his team, is the place to come, even if it means traveling to do so. Thank you so much for changing my life for the better and giving me back my self confidence that I was sure I’d lost forever.

Christina A.

Choosing Dr. Cerrati to perform my rhinoplasty was the best decision I ever made! I had consultations with many other surgeons and he was who I felt most comfortable with. He really listened to what I wanted and made it look very natural. He fixed my deviated septum and performed some cosmetic work. My recovery was such an easy process! I had 0 pain and minimal bruising. I love the outcome of my nose, both functionally and structurally. I highly recommend Dr. Cerrati, you wont regret it.

Kiera B.

Working with Dr. Cerrati and his assistant Hailey, has been the most wonderful experience! It is clear Dr. Cerrati cares about helping you achieve your dreams and Hailey is the sweetest, most helpful & awesome gal ever! They both spent so much time listening and understanding exactly what I wanted done with my nose and forehead and spent time making sure I was cared for and heard. I love my results and am so happy that I chose to go with this team. I plan to continue using them for my lip and cheek injection and suggesting them to all my friends moving forward- I am soo happy I found them!

Heather J.

I would highly recommend Dr. Cerrati based on my experience with both him and his office staff. He is very professional and a perfectionist When it comes to his patients results. I researched several surgeons, and ultimately decided on Dr. Cerrati based on his reviews and before and after pictures. One month post rhinoplasty, I am no longer self conscious. I’m loving my results ( and I’m very picky) . If anyone is worried , rest assured you Will love Dr. Cerrati and his staff!

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