How Do You Treat Bell’s Palsy?
In situations wherein doctors know the cause of Bell’s Palsy, then treatment will be done to address that problem. But in general, there is no specific Bell’s Palsy treatment. The forms of treatment that doctors use usually depend on what symptoms the patient has.
However, most patients can fully recover regardless of whether treatment is provided or not. Recovery time often depends on how severe the nerve damage was, but Bell’s palsy recovery signs may be apparent 2 weeks after the initial symptoms.
While every case is different, doctors usually prescribe the following medications:
- Antiviral drugs
Additionally, doctors might recommend physical therapy to prevent permanent contractures in your facial muscles. A physical therapist may teach you how to exercise and massage your facial muscles.
Decompression surgery was done in the past to relieve pressure on a facial nerve. However, this surgery is not as recommended. People may get permanent hearing loss or facial nerve injury from decompression surgery complications.
Plastic surgery is often only rarely suggested if needed to correct any lasting facial nerve problems. Plastic surgery may be performed to restore facial movement or make the face look more even. Some surgeries that may be done may include:
- Nerve grafts
- Facial implants
- Eyelid lift
- Eyebrow lift