Facial Paralysis Bell’s Palsy
Facial nerve paralysis is a dysfunction of cranial nerve VII (the facial nerve) that results in an inability to control the facial muscles on the affected side. Several conditions can cause a facial paralysis (e.g., brain tumor, stroke, and Lyme disease). However, if no specific cause can be identified, the condition is known as Bell’s palsy. Patients will have some weakness to one side of the face, and depending on the severity, the eyelid can be affected. They can have variable weakness in blinking and shutting their eyelids at night, all of which can result in drying out of the eye. This can result in constant irritation, pain, discomfort, and a potential risk for infection and even loss of the eye.
Preoperative Diagnosis: Right upper and lower lid retraction from facial nerve palsy and difficulty closing right eye.
Procedure performed: Placement of gold weight in right upper eyelid, lower lid resuspension using canthoplasty and hard palate tissue graft to lower lid, and midface resuspension (SOOF lift).
Preoperative Diagnosis: Left lower lid retraction from facial nerve palsy and difficulty closing left eye.
Procedure performed: Left lower lid reconstruction using canthoplasty and tissue graft to lower lid as a posterior spacer.
*Individual results may vary
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