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Bell's Palsy - Facial Paralysis
Facial paralysis | UF Health, University of Florida Health
James Azzi, M. His scope of practice is broad and includes head and neck cancer surgery, free tissue transfer, facial paralysis and reanimation, facial trauma, and sinus and skull base surgery. He holds an M. He is a native Floridian. James Azzi is an accomplished writer and researcher having published numerous chapters in textbooks and articles in medical and surgical journals ranging from Oral Oncology to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He approaches each patient individually, takes time to listen and understand their goals, and together formulate a comprehensive treatment plan.
Bell palsy is an unexplained episode of facial muscle weakness or paralysis. It begins suddenly and can get worse over 48 hours. This condition results from damage to the facial nerve the 7th cranial nerve. Pain and discomfort usually occur on one side of the face or head. Bell palsy can affect anyone at any age.
The paralysis can appear as sagging, frozen expressions, frowns, droopiness, and other surprising looks. Some patients report a typical day of waking up and feeling normal, then being shocked when looking in the mirror and seeing how one side of their face has changed. Though the condition is uncommon, it is the most common facial nerve disorder. The facial nerves one on each side control the muscles of the face, the ears, the saliva glands in the mouth and tears in the eyes, and provide some of the sense of taste on the tongue. It may be difficult to smile or make facial expressions.