Justin Bieber Suffers Partial Facial Paralysis

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Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, facial plastic surgeon and facial paralysis expert, talks risks and recovery

The Facial Paralysis Institute

The Facial Paralysis Institute

It should return to normal function within a couple of months, but it is important that he has a full medical evaluation and a complete facial nerve analysis

Teen musician Justin Bieber, 18, ran into a glass window while backstage at a concert in Paris on May 31, according to the Examiner. The collision left Bieber with a minor concussion and partial facial paralysis. He was able to finish the concert, but later uploaded a video where he explained and demonstrated that he could not move his eyebrow.

The video showcased paralysis on the right side of his face, which most likely means that he injured a small branch of the facial nerve. Heavy collisions, like the one Bieber experienced, can certainly damage nerves.

“The video shows a slight weakness on the right side of his face, but the forehead looks like it is definitely moving. It should return to normal function within a couple of months, but it is important that he has a full medical evaluation and a complete facial nerve analysis,” says Dr. Azizzadeh.

While Bieber’s situation is relatively mild, facial paralysis can be a very devastating disorder that significantly impacts an individual’s quality of life and appearance. There are many causes of facial paralysis, including Bell’s Palsy, trauma, acoustic neuroma, and parotid tumors, among others.

Every case of facial paralysis is unique and requires an individualized treatment plan. It is vital that a patient who presents with facial paralysis seek out a well-trained facial paralysis physician as soon as possible to be evaluated.

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is a renowned Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon, recognized as a Top Doctor by the US News & World Report. Since his extensive and prestigious training at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Azizzadeh has helped countless people with facial paralysis and Bell's Palsy. Dr. Azizzadeh is the director of the Facial Paralysis Institute and founder of the non-profit Facial Paralysis & Bell's Palsy Foundation. He is the principle investigator of the facial nerve regeneration project at Cedars-Sinai and the author of five bestselling books, including the definitive facial paralysis textbook entitled “Slattery Facial Nerve.”

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. He has been recognized for his work on several occasions, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show for his expertise in facial nerve reconstruction. Dr. Azizzadeh is also the director of the USC Facial Plastic Fellowship Program as well as the Cedars-Sinai Multispecialty Plastic Surgery Symposium.

For more information visit http://www.FacialParalysisInstiute.com or call (310) 657-2203.

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