Highly Regarded Facial Paralysis Surgeon Speaks At First Support Group Meeting Of The Year

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Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, the director of the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, spent time educating others alongside host Teresa England, PT, MPT, at a very successful and informative support group meeting.

Dr Babak Azizzadeh MD

Over the 10 plus years I have had the privilege of working with persons with facial paralysis, I have yet to meet even one person that did not experience distress over the emotional and physical impact a loss of facial function causes.

Founders of the Facial Paralysis & Bell’s Palsy Foundation, Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, and Teresa England understand the importance of bringing together those afflicted with facial paralysis to create a sense of understanding and closeness between individuals. To kick off the first meeting of the year, Dr. Azizzadeh was invited to speak at the Facial Paralysis & Bell's Palsy Foundation support group meeting hosted by Teresa England, PT, MPT, and the foundation, where lectures, stories, and experiences were shared by all.

“Whenever there is a facial paralysis support group meeting, we try to create as much positivity as possible. When attendees have the opportunity to hear others share their stories just like them, it triggers something in their minds. They know that if other’s can overcome the condition, they can too,” said Dr. Azizzadeh.

The group meeting was sponsored in part by the Facial Paralysis & Bell’s Palsy Foundation as well as England Physical Therapy. Teresa England, director of England Physical Therapy, works closely with individuals suffering from facial paralysis and Bell’s palsy to help patients re-learn facial movements through various exercises designed uniquely for them. Physical therapy is an extremely integral part of the recovery process as it helps to promote facial reanimation further.

“Over the 10 plus years I have had the privilege of working with persons with facial paralysis, I have yet to meet even one person that did not experience distress over the emotional and physical impact a loss of facial function causes. Patients often ask if there is someone they can talk to. The Facial Paralysis & Bell’s Palsy support group provides an amazing atmosphere where relational anxiety is replaced by mutual understanding and support,” said Teresa England, PT, MPT.

At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, Dr. Azizzadeh works to improve facial reanimation through several different cutting edge procedures involving facial nerve transplants and grafts. Most recently, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh has noted a procedure called the masseter-to-facial-nerve transfer as the surgery most likely to improve a patient’s ability to smile.

“Several patients at the meeting underwent the masseter-to-facial-nerve transfer and continue to see excellent results. This surgery utilizes the functioning masseter nerve that becomes sutured to the paralyzed facial nerve, breathing life back into the paralyzed portion of the face,
said Dr. Azizzadeh.

Dr. Azizzadeh is trained in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Head & Neck Surgery, giving him a distinctive insight into facial nerve function and facial aesthetics. Dr. Azizzadeh also has extensive training in microsurgical facial reconstruction, which is often required for the treatment of people who are born with facial paralysis. With the reputation as the leading expert in his field, Dr. Azizzadeh has been recognized as a Top Doctor by the US News & World Report and completed a fellowship in facial plastic & reconstructive surgery at the prestigious Harvard Medical School.

For additional information regarding the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills or for a schedule of support group meetings, please contact Dr. Azizzadeh by calling (310) 657-2203. Additional inquiries may be made by visiting http://www.facialparalysisinstitute.com/.

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