Before administering Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin to a patient with Bell's Palsy, a complete examination is required.
During an evaluation at Ocean Drive Dermatology in Vero Beach Bell's Palsy treatment patients with facial paralysis can get expert guidance on how to ease their symptoms best.
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The most common type of facial paralysis is Bell's palsy, which affects between 15,000 and 40,000 people annually in the United States. This condition is named after Sir Charles Bell, a Scottish surgeon from the 1800s. Since the exact cause of facial palsy is often unknown, it is usually diagnosed by ruling out other possibilities. The most common sign of Bell's palsy is sudden weakness on one side of the face, which is often accompanied by ear pain. This condition is more likely to happen to people with certain health problems, like diabetes or pregnancy.
During pregnancy, facial paralysis usually starts in the third trimester and goes away on its own after the baby is born. Face paralysis can sometimes happen right after a baby is born. Most people who have Bell's Palsy get better. Most of the time, primary care doctors, neurologists, or otolaryngologists are the ones who diagnose and treat this condition.
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Before administering Botox, our medical providers will ask about your health history and request medical records from your primary care doctor. Patients may not be able to receive Botox injections if they have an allergy to the botulinum toxin or any of the other ingredients. However, Botox injections may not be an option for a person with facial paralysis who is also dealing with a pre-existing medical issue.
Our goal is to present a patient with a reliable method of relieving the unpleasant effects of facial paralysis. After a thorough examination, our doctors will determine if Botox injections are viable for relieving your facial paralysis symptoms. Other options include Dysport or Xeomin as a Botox alternative. While they are still neuromodulators and work similar to Botox by temporarily relaxing the muscles, the toxin within Dysport or Xeomin may not present as severe of a potential allergic reaction as Botox.
To treat Bell's Palsy, the medical professionals at Ocean Drive Dermatology use Botox to relieve overactive muscles on the affected side. Still, it has also proven effective in alleviating overworked facial muscles on the non-affected side of the face.
These treatments also improve the tension in synkinesis-affected parts of the face.
At Ocean Drive Dermatology in Vero Beach Botox for Bell's Palsy is typically painless, but your doctor may add a numbing cream to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. The injections themselves typically take 10 to 15 minutes to deliver. Patients can resume normal daily activities shortly following the treatment.
The only limits are that you should not lie down for a couple of hours and avoid exercising for the rest of the day. Also it is very common that treatment of Bell’s Palsy is more of a process than an event. Touch-ups are common, as we will attempt to maximize your results with the least amount of medication necessary to reduce chances for long-term tolerance. At Ocean Drive Dermatology, we work towards making Botox for Bell's Palsy therapy as effortless as possible for our patients. Your medical professional will meet with you to achieve this goal and create clear treatment expectations.
Neuromodulator effects usually take several days to develop and can continue to improve for up to a week. However, the ultimate results are seen two to four weeks after the procedure. Some people may experience effects right away, while others may need to wait a little longer.
The duration of these effects can differ depending on the individual, the type of neuromodulator utilized, and the location and degree of the facial paralysis being treated. After receiving Botox for Bell's Palsy Vero Beach patients' effects typically persist between three and six months.
It is critical to avoid lying down for at least four hours following a Botox treatment. This will allow adequate blood circulation.
It is also good to exercise your facial muscles and practice different facial expressions in front of a mirror. This assists wrinkle relaxers in determining which muscles to target. There are, however, a few things to avoid following your Botox treatment. Exercise should be avoided for 48 hours following the treatment since it improves blood circulation and can distribute the wrinkle relaxers too much, reducing their effectiveness. It is also critical not to apply too much pressure to the treated region and to avoid wearing tight clothing around the treated area. Finally, it is critical not to massage the treated site. A few individuals may develop a headache after having the therapy; if this occurs, it is critical to seek medical attention rather than massaging the affected area.
You may experience mild swelling, bruising, headaches, and a dry mouth. However, these side effects quickly subside within a few hours. In addition, your medical provider will discuss these concerns during your consultation.
The treatments for Bell’s Palsy, using Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin, are personalized for each patient’s specific treatment plan. Therefore, costs may vary from patient to patient. During your consultation, your provider will discuss the cost of your treatment plan.
At Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery in Vero Beach, Dr. Alan Durkin, Dr. Jimmy Chim and their team of providers deliver incredible results tailored to your needs in a relaxing and uplifting atmosphere. Learn more about the Ocean Drive difference by scheduling your one-on-one diagnostic consultation with Dr. Durkin or Dr. Chim today.