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Can Botox help for bells palsy?

shutterstock_78831340Question from Toronto, ON: Hello I have had bells palsy since I was young and was wondering if Botox can help with the problems, thank you.   Answer from Dr. Dean Kane, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon from Baltimore: So sorry for your Bell’s Palsy! I hope you resolve completely. Yes, Botox and other options may help but not necessarily in a way you might think. 1. Using Botox on the active muscles of the weaker side might allow the weaker muscles to contract better unopposed. 2. Using Botox on the normal right side may achieve a more even and symmetrical appearance with that of the affected side. 3. You may also consider fillers to provide volume and lift on the affected side. 4. Laser and chemical peel tightening may be helpful as well. In all options, please consult with a well experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, ENT or Neurologist with the art, skills and talent to use these techniques. I wish you the best!
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