Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) April 08, 2013
In a recent article, highly regarded facial paralysis surgeon Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, highlights when medical professionals should refer patients suffering from facial paralysis to a specialist and how doing so could potentially greatly influence their quality of life. According to Dr. Azizzadeh, there are specific signs that should alert a medical practitioner as to when to seek help from a facial paralysis expert.
“Facial paralysis can be caused by a number of issues including trauma, Bell's palsy, acoustic neuromas, parotid cancers, pleomorphic adenomas, and even skin cancer that has spread. If a patient is dealing with facial paralysis that isn’t responding to initial medication or anti-virals, this is the time to send them to a specialist who can determine the cause,” said Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS.
As discussed in the article, Dr. Azizzadeh notes that doctors who have a specialization in the facial nerve generally have a much greater knowledge in treating the condition as opposed to any other medical specialty. In fact, the number of doctors who are considered experts in facial paralysis treatments is so small that many others in the medical field aren’t fully aware that there are beneficial treatments available.
“There are many people who don’t understand facial paralysis, and believe that it is a permanent problem that a person will have to deal with for their entire life. This is completely inaccurate, and it has become my goal to spread awareness that the condition can be treated successfully with both surgical and non-invasive options,” said Dr. Azizzadeh.
At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, Dr. Azizzadeh develops completely unique treatment strategies for each patient he sees, allowing for the best facial reanimation outcomes to be seen. Most recently, Dr. Azizzadeh has noted the success of the masseter-to-facial-nerve transfer as being one of the most revolutionary treatments for helping facial paralysis patients smile again.
“If a patient is a good candidate for the massester nerve transfer, that is often the procedure that we select. Never in my career have I seen such great success in facial reanimation as this. It truly brings a smile back to the faces of my patients,” 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/.