World-Renowned Facial Paralysis Surgeon Brings Revolutionary Facial Reanimation Procedures to Patients

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Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, a surgeon at La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles, celebrates a decade of bringing patients cutting-edge facial reanimation procedures to recreate smiles and change lives.

Dr Babak Azizzadeh MD

The masseter to facial nerve transfer procedure is, in my opinion, one of the most revolutionary procedures for patients suffering from facial paralysis.

A smile is perhaps one of the most internationally recognized facial expressions. However, when facial paralysis strikes, it can bring devastating frustration and a world of questions to those affected. Babak Azizzadeh, M.D., facs, a surgeon at La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles and director of the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, provides innovative nerve transfer procedures for patients suffering from facial paralysis and Bell’s palsy for more than a decade.

“The number one concern for every patient suffering from facial paralysis is regaining their ability to smile. It’s an important part of our every day lives that is easily taken for granted,” said Dr. Azizzadeh.

In the past 10 years, one of the most advanced facial reanimation treatments offered by Dr. Azizzadeh is known as the masseter nerve transfer, a procedure which greatly benefits sufferers of facial paralysis who have been dealing with the condition for less than three years or individuals with permanent Bell’s palsy. Also known as a trigeminal nerve transfer, the masseter nerve transfer procedure involves fusing the paralyzed facial nerve with the active masseter nerve, which allows neural input to be carried to the muscles affected by facial paralysis. A successful procedure allows patients to regain facial reanimation over the course of the next several months, with improved smiling capabilities continuing to refine.

“The masseter to facial nerve transfer procedure is, in my opinion, one of the most revolutionary procedures for patients suffering from facial paralysis. The procedure actually breathes life back into muscles that have lost functional capabilities, permanently or temporarily,” said Dr. Azizzadeh.

Dr. Azizzadeh, founder of the Facial Paralysis & Bell’s Palsy Foundation and avid supporter of research and education of the condition, believes that technological advances are among the most important aspect of continuing excellent patient care and improving treatment for the next decade.

“Continuing to support research efforts for both facial paralysis and Bell’s palsy is key. Over the past decade we have already made great advances in the treatment options available for these patients. Imagine where we’ll be at in another ten years with even more support,” said Dr. 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 the director of the Facial Paralysis Institute and one of the leading figures in the field of Facial Nerve Paralysis. Dr. Azizzadeh has been recognized for his work on several occasions and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show as well as countless other media outlets. As a trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and head and neck surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh has a distinctive insight into facial nerve function and facial aesthetics.

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 40 world-renowned physicians in 13 specialties, we offer comprehensive medical treatment that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. Our 13 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer's unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.

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