People have facial paralysis from a variety of causes. The result is devastating. When parts or all of your face cannot move, you have difficulty communicating. People nearly always react when they see you, perhaps wondering if you’ve had a stroke. A skilled plastic surgeon can repair facial paralysis.
What Causes Facial Paralysis?
Some of the most common causes of facial paralysis include Bell’s Palsy, which can strike anyone, anytime. Other causes include systemic viral infections, trauma, surgery, diabetes, local infections, tumors, immunological disorders and even drugs.
Because so many things can result in facial paralysis, the first thing any doctor should do is examine the cause, so the situation doesn’t return as a result of ongoing trauma or other problems.
How Does Facial Paralysis Affect People?
The consequences of facial paralysis vary as much as the causes. Along with losing symmetry, which is disturbing for most, different functional problems can also happen. There may be vision complications from the eyelids losing movement. Perhaps some of the most challenging issues involve the mouth. Many lose the ability to control facial expressions, which interferes with communication. Facial paralysis can bring difficulty breathing, chewing, drinking and swallowing. Many lose the ability to speak.
How Can Plastic Surgery Repair Facial Paralysis?
Facial surgery preparation begins with a consult with Dr. Cerrati. He needs to understand your current condition and your medical history to decide the best plan of action. Once that is determined, and other treatments such as steroids have been tried, surgery can often restore much of the problem. The facial nerves are the common culprit. Releasing the frozen nerves can open the eyes, straighten the lips and restore a balanced look to your face.
There is a lot of confusion with facial paralysis and what surgery can and cannot do. Dr. Cerrati will address these concerns and provide more information during a consultation. He has offices in both South Jordan and Salt Lake City. Call us today to schedule your consultation and find out how the professional and expert work of Dr. Cerrati can treat your facial paralysis.
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