Will a facelift help fix my Bell’s Palsy?

Dr. Dean Kane Q & A Q. Seven years ago, when I was pregnant with my first child, I experienced what I know now to be Bell’s Palsy. As you can see from the photo, my nostrils, upper lip, and cheek/jawline appear crooked. What sort of procedures do I need to fix this? A facelift? Fillers? Thank you for your time and advice! A. ​​I am so sorry for this concern but you remain beautiful in your photo. ​ ​As it has been stated, most times, Bell’s Palsy function returns but 15% of patients have a residual deformity. This should be contrasted with photos from before the nerve injury to evaluate the natural asymmetries of the face as well as a in-person evaluation of current dynamic function. ​ ​In this one photo, you do not appear to have significant laxity in your skin and you skin texture also appears reasonably tight and even. Surgery would not be my first reaction although this maybe an alternative down the line. I believe you will feel much better with the use of non-surgical and minimally invasive options including: ​1. Botox or Dysport muscle relaxers to achieve greater active symmetry ​2. Fillers to achieve improved contours and fullness ​3. Oculoplastics consultation as you may have upper eyelid ptosis ​ ​That said, please consider yourself quite fortunate and lovely. Please consider evaluation by a well experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or ENT Facial Surgeon who evaluates and provides all forms of care regarding your concerns. ​ ​All the best!
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