Treatments for complete eye closure
We will often place small platinum weights beneath the eyelid skin to assist eye closure – protecting the eye is very important in facial paralysis. In some cases we must also reposition the lower eyelid as well to restore symmetry and protect the eye.
Injections to stop squinting around the eyes or tight neck contractions
Dysport or Botox injections are very effective in treating synkinesis that is related to incomplete facial nerve recovery after various surgeries or Bells Palsy. These injections can prevent the eye from closing shut when you smile, or the neck from feeling tight throughout the day. We also use these injections to fine tune your facial symmetry.
Surgery to improve nasal breathing problems related to paralysis
Functional nasal surgery (external valve reconstruction) is very useful to support the nostril and limit collapse when inhaling that is very common in facial paralysis.
Lifts for sagging cheek, lids, brows or jowl caused by paralysis
Sometimes we simply need to use a “lift”. Much like those techniques used in aesthetic surgery, we will reach for facelift, midface lift, blepharoplasty, and brow lift to maximize your outcome.