Expert Facial Paralysis Surgeon Jonathan Kulbersh, MD, Brings World-Renowned Treatments To Patients in Charlotte

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Board certified head and neck surgeon Dr. Kulbersh offers patients unique and individualized approaches using Botox and facial fillers to treat Bell’s palsy and synkinesis at Carolina Facial Plastics.

Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh

Over the course of my career, I've come to find that Botox is one of the best treatments for people suffering from Bell's palsy.

Jonathan Kulbersh, MD, a Beverly Hills trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Charlotte, says that using non-invasive treatment methods, including Botox and facial fillers, to treat patients suffering from Bell’s palsy and synkinesis are among the best methods for improving facial symmetry. As one of Charlotte’s only doctor’s with a unique specialization in facial paralysis as well as facial plastic surgery, Dr. Kulbersh understands the importance of using combination methods to diminish the appearance of facial paralysis.

“Over the course of my career, I’ve come to find that Botox is one of the best treatments for people suffering from Bell’s palsy who did not get a full recovery. These patients lose the ability to individually move the muscles of the face, which is a medical condition called facial synkinesis. Botox can be tailed in patients with synkinesis to selectively weaken muscles on the face to improve facial symmetry including the smile and helps to control involuntary spasms,” said board certified head and neck surgeon Dr. Kulbersh.

In addition to using Botox, Dr. Kulbersh has recently found success in using facial fillers like Juvederm and Restylane as a facial paralysis treatment option. Patients with this condition develop volumetric changes between the 2 sides of the face. Dr. Kulbersh uses dermal fillers to even the differences in volume of the face, which greatly enhances its appearance.

“Injectable treatments are a great initial step in treating patients that did not get a full recovery from Bell’s palsy and developed synkinesis. I can weaken muscles in the face to greatly improve an abnormal smile, improve the severe asymmetries in the face, and relieve the uncomfortable pulling sensation these patient’s develop.” said Dr. Kulbersh.

Bell’s palsy is a form of facial paralysis that occurs suddenly and without warning. Though an actual cause of the condition is not fully understood, most experts believe it to be the result of an activation of the herpes virus. In nearly 90% of cases, Bell’s palsy resolves itself naturally over time, though in some cases, facial paralysis can be permanent.

“Most patients that do not get a full recovery from Bell’s palsy do not realize there are multiple treatment options to improve their appearance and quality of life. I hope that I will be able to let the people of Charlotte know that there are safe, effective, and quick treatments, ” said Dr. Kulbersh.

Board-certified in head & neck surgery and fellowship-trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh is the founder and director of Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Kulbersh received specialized training in facial plastic surgery in Beverly Hills with renowned surgeons Babak Azizzadeh MD FACS, Paul Nassif MD FACS, and Guy Massry MD, and has expertise in facial rejuvenation procedures, including facelift, rhinoplasty, eyelift and injectables (Botox and fillers). Additionally, as an expert in the function of facial nerves, Dr. Kulbersh has a special interest in patients with facial paralysis and Bell’s palsy.

For more information regarding the treatment of facial paralysis and Bell’s palsy in Charlotte, please call (704) 323-5090 to schedule an initial consultation or visit

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