Dr. Babak Azizzadeh Provides Medical Expertise on Facial Paralysis After Angelina Jolie's Bell's Palsy Recovery

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In the wake of Angelina Jolie's recent interview with Vanity Fair in which she discloses she suffered from Bell's palsy, internationally recognized facial nerve expert, Babak Azizzadeh MD, FACS, provides information on the disease.

In the September issue of Vanity Fair, Angelina Jolie reveals she was diagnosed with Bell's palsy and hypertension following her high-profile divorce from Brad Pitt. In light of this diagnosis, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the Facial Paralysis Institute provides his medical expertise to educate the public about Bell's palsy and facial nerve diseases.

"Bell's palsy is the leading cause of facial paralysis in America. This disease has a very sudden onset and patients experience almost immediate paralysis of the face," explains Dr. Azizzadeh.

According to Jolie, she received acupuncture treatments and has made a full recovery from her Bell's palsy. Like Jolie, approximately 85% of people with Bell's palsy do make a full recovery without any lingering health issues. However, of the remaining 15% of patients, 10% of Bell's palsy sufferers will only recover partially and may also develop synkinesis (abnormal synchronization of facial movements that occurs after Bell's palsy), while roughly 5% of patients will not recover and experience permanent facial paralysis.

Bell's palsy can be a frightening and devastating disorder that can seriously affect a person's quality of life. Luckily, the vast majority of patients who are diagnosed with Bell's palsy do recover, like Jolie, they just have to be patient and wait up to 8 – 9 months to recover. For those who do not start to experience facial movement after this time, they should see a facial nerve expert to be evaluated for treatment options," states. Dr Azizzadeh.

At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, Dr. Azizzadeh provides his long-standing Bell's palsy patients with the most advanced and cutting edge treatment options. With these treatments, Dr. Azizzadeh's goal is to reanimate the face, create symmetry, and, as a result, lift the patient's confidence and esteem. Dr. Azizzadeh prides himself in offering customized Bell's palsy treatment options for his patients that he develops after consulting with a patient and evaluating their unique presentation of the disease. For patients who do not live in Southern California, he is even able to do this via Skype consultations.

One of the most cutting-edge treatment options for Bell's palsy is a surgery, pioneered by Dr. Azizzadeh, called Selective Neurolysis.

"Selective Neurolysis is the most cutting-edge advancement in the treatment of patients who cannot generate an appropriate smile with partial facial paralysis and synkinesis. Selective Neurolysis is an intricate operation that requires the skills of an experienced facial nerve surgeon. The procedure involves releasing the platysma muscle (which pulls the corner of the mouth down, hence preventing upward smile motion) and selectively decreasing the activity of the nerves that counter the smile mechanism to help get an upward trajectory of the mouth and improve synkinesis. These procedures allow spontaneous reanimation of the face," describes Dr. Azizzadeh.

Alternatively, some patients can greatly benefit from non-surgical treatment options, such as Botox for Bell's palsy. While thought of for its cosmetic uses, Botox can be utilized to address asymmetric facial movements in a novel manner to create a more symmetrical facial movement and reduce tension in areas of the face that are hyperactive due to synkinesis.

"For anyone who suddenly develops Bell's palsy, it is vital to go to the emergency room immediately to receive a Bell's palsy diagnosis and rule out any other causes of facial paralysis. Once a patient has received a Bell's palsy diagnosis, it is unfortunately just a waiting game to recover. For the 15% of patients who do not recover fully, it is the goal of The Facial Paralysis Institute to educate this population that there is hope and with the advances in medicine today, there are many things that we can do to help them smile again!" said Dr. Azizzadeh.

For more information on facial paralysis and Bell's palsy, please visit www.FacialParalysisInstitute.com.

About Dr. Babak Azizzadeh

Since his extensive and prestigious training at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Azizzadeh has helped hundreds of people with varying degrees of facial paralysis. Dr. Azizzadeh is a double board certified facial plastic & reconstructive surgeon and is the Director of the Facial Paralysis Institute. As a leader in the field of complex facial nerve procedures, he is the editor of the preeminent textbook "The Facial Nerve," in addition to four other medical textbooks and hundreds of medical journal articles. As such, he was elected to be the Co-Director the 13th International Facial Nerve Symposium, the world's largest gathering of facial nerve experts. Furthermore, Dr. Azizzadeh has been recognized for his work on several occasions and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and countless other media outlets.

Media Contact: Jessica LaBarbera, Facial Paralysis Institute, 310.657.2203, jessica@facialplasticsbh.com

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SOURCE Facial Paralysis Institute



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