New Insight Into Nerve Regeneration After Injury May Lead To Improved Outcomes For Individuals Affected With Facial Paralysis

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Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, and director of the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, discusses a new article surrounding the growth and repair of axons while giving insight to its possibilities in facial paralysis.

Dr Babak Azizzadeh MD

This can be an important issue in patients who get synkinesis or aberrant regeneration of nerves after suffering from Bell's palsy or other facial nerve injuries.

In a new article published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the process and manipulation of nerve growth was examined by Christopher Donnelly and colleagues. Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, and expert facial nerve surgeon in Los Angeles explains that an injured facial nerve could benefit from nerve regeneration under the proper circumstances.

The article profiles nerve growth and regeneration, and discusses the importance of fully understanding axons in order to move forward with new, cutting edge procedures. Injuries to nerves that do not completely interrupt all its layers results in spontaneous regeneration, but it happens at an extremely slow rate and random pattern. The researchers showed that different proteins can be manipulated to improve the length and branching of nerves.The scientists focused their studies on repair proteins located near an injury site and in the axon of the nerve, as they’re hoping this will lead to a greater understanding in restoring length to damaged axons.

”This can be an important issue in patients who get synkinesis or aberrant regeneration of nerves after suffering from Bell's palsy or other facial nerve injuries. If nerves can be manipulated to grow in a more systematic way, then the results of nerve repair can be improved,” said world-renowned facial paralysis surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh. ”Furthermore, our current treatments of facial paralysis and nerve injuries often relies on nerve and muscle transfers; if we can improve the success of those procedures at the level of the nerve regeneration, then the patients can have a better outcome."

As director of the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, Dr. Azizzadeh performs facial nerve transfers for patients dealing with severe facial paralysis and Bell’s palsy. Such procedures often involve the transfer of a nerve from one region of the body to another location in the face. Nerve transfer procedures provide patients with an immense increase in facial reanimation

”I’m focused on bringing my patients the best results possible, and right now that's with facial nerve transfer procedures like the cross-facial nerve graft and the masseter to facial nerve transfer,” 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. He is also the director of the USC Facial Plastic Fellowship Program, and the director of the world renowned Cedars-Sinai Advances in Multispecialty Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Symposium.

For more information about the various types of facial paralysis surgery offered at the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, please contact Dr.Azizzadeh today by calling (310) 657-2203 or visit: http://www.facialparalysisinstitute.com.

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