Highly Respected Facial Paralysis Surgeon Explains Importance of Seeking an Expert for New Double Jaw Surgery Trend

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Board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS in Beverly Hills explains double-jaw surgery, a new trend in South Korea that can cause facial paralysis when doctor expertise is compromised.

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According to the study, around half of the patients who undergo this procedure do experience some facial numbness and/or paralysis as a result.

In an article published on May 27th by the Huffington Post, details surrounding the new South Korean plastic surgery trend called double-jaw surgery were examined. World-renowned facial plastic surgeon and facial paralysis expert Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS further explains the procedure and the side effects possible when it is not performed by a specialist.

“The fact that double-jaw surgery is increasing in popularity as a purely cosmetic procedure is not a problem, however, the fact that individuals don't seem to realize the intricate nature of the surgery is. The delicate nature of the facial nerves and the invasive nature of this procedure make it a difficult one and it should always be performed by an expert oral and maxillofacial surgeon,” said Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, Director of the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills.

Double-jaw surgery was once a surgery performed for the sole purpose of correcting a congenital facial deformity or an extreme dental abnormality and it is still necessary for many patients with these conditions. Now, however, people across South Korea are seeking out the procedure strictly to get a slimmer looking face and jawline.

“According to the study, around half of the patients who undergo this procedure do experience some facial numbness and/or paralysis as a result. Numbness is a fairly common side-effect of this operation; however, I would have liked to see a much lower rate of facial nerve injuries. The results need to be further analyzed compared to double-jaw procedures done for functional problems such as dental and congenital abnormalities. Patients should not take double-jaw surgery lightly,” said Dr. Azizzadeh, expert facial paralysis and reconstructive surgeon.

According to Dr. Mark Yafai, Los Angeles oral surgeon, double jaw surgery is extremely complex and should be performed by an expert.

"Double jaw surgery (Orthognathic surgery) is a complex procedure used to treat skeletal and dental deformities. It can improve basic functions like chewing, speaking and breathing, while in many cases, dramatically enhancing a person’s appearance. Although no surgery is without risk, Orthognathic surgery can be performed with virtually no risk of paralysis and significantly smaller risk of numbness that the article states," said Dr. Yafai.

Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS is a leading expert in facial paralysis. At his practice in Beverly Hills, patients from all over the world have come to him to restore function to their paralyzed face. With a very high rate of success, Dr. Azizzadeh often works to correct facial paralysis in patients caused by previous surgeries that have damaged the facial nerves.

“It is always so sad to see a patient whose facial paralysis could have been prevented, but I am so glad to be able to help restore the smile they thought they had lost forever,” said Dr. Azizzadeh. "For individuals who experience facial paralysis as a result of trauma, tumor or prior surgery, I've noted extreme success with procedures including the masseter-nerve transfer and cross-facial nerve graft."

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 and countless other media outlets. 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.

For more information about undergoing facial paralysis surgery with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact the Facial Paralysis Institute today by calling (310) 657-2203 or visit us on the web at: http://www.facialparalysisinstitute.com.

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