If you had Bell's palsy in the past, you likely have facial paralysis on one side of your face. This means you have weak facial muscles, which results in paralysis of the affected area of your face. This can affect the movement around your mouth and/or eyes and other areas of the face. It also causes this side of your face to droop. Below are some cosmetic procedures you might want to consider if you want to feel better about yourself and your appearance.
A facelift is a procedure the doctor will likely suggest for this problem. An incision is made around your ear along with a series of creases to allow the doctor to lift this area of your face. The fat and skin are elevated from your neck and cheeks so the surgeon has access to the supportive layer. This supportive layer is moved and tightened to remove the droopiness caused by your Bell's palsy. The incision the doctor has to make will end up on your scalp where your hair can hide it.
The cosmetic surgeon may make a second incision beneath your chin if you have fat there from the droopiness that needs to be removed.
When the procedure is finished, the doctor will remove any excess skin. You may have to stay in the hospital overnight so the doctor can keep a close eye on the incisions. One pro of a facelift is that it is permanent.
Your doctor may suggest Botox injections to help with this problem. The Botox will relax the muscle movements in your face to reduce the tension. Once these muscles are relaxed, your face is no longer paralyzed, and the droopiness will go away. The doctor will numb the areas first so you should not feel no or little pain when you are given the injections. When the procedure is done, you should notice a big change in your appearance pretty quickly. Your doctor will tell you how quick this is.
One con of Botox injections is the affect is not permanent. This means you will have to go back periodically to have the injections again. How often this is depends on how severe your facial paralysis is.
See a cosmetic surgeon to go over these procedures with you. They can give you this information in much more details. They may even suggest other procedures that can help you with this problem. For more information, contact a company like My Plastic Surgery Group.