Dr. Ruth Yeilding, MD

Botox and Bell’s Palsy

Botox isn’t a service that just came out. It’s been used for many years in patients that want to get a cosmetic procedure done. It’s a great way to decrease the signs of aging so that you can look younger. What is new is its use in Bell’s palsy patients. Botox has given thousands of people worldwide relief from the pain and suffering that Bell’s Palsy causes. Before we get into what Botox can do for these patients, let’s take a look at what Bell’s Palsy actually is.


Bell’s Palsy is a rare form of facial paralysis around the world. It is named after Sir Charles Bell, a Scottish neurologist. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, it affects about 40,000 people in the United States a year. When it does happen, it’s a condition that causes sudden facial paralysis on one side of the face. A lot of people get this confused with the common facial paralysis. What they don’t know is that both of these aren’t the same so it’s important to know the difference.


Both of these conditions are intricate and complex in their own way but can often seem identical. It takes doctors that are expertly trained to diagnose these conditions. This is because it is very easy to slip up and misdiagnose if not looked at correctly. It’s important that they look at the causes and symptoms to figure out what the right treatment, recovery, and healing is. Taking a closer look, facial paralysis can happen for many reasons. Some of them include  a tumor, injury, or even inflammation of certain glands. Bell’s Palsy is caused by an inflamed facial nerve, which causes swelling in the nerve.


Now where does Botox come into play? It has become a great treatment choice for many patients because it helps the symptoms subside on their own in a matter of weeks or months. Botox, as the treatment, relaxes the tight facial muscles and helps even out the face symmetry. While the effects of Botox lasts about 3-4 months, it’s always a good idea to get it touched up every 4-5 to make sure that you look as best as you can.


To take a better look at what Botox does to Bell’s Palsy patients, keep on reading:

  • They give a great relief from the pain and symptoms
  • Restores facial symmetry and overall facial comfort
  • They are easily done in the office and have no downtime
  • Rarely have any side effects


With asymmetry being one of the biggest results of Bell’s palsy, patients will often have a decreased sense of confidence. Here at YMD, Dr. Yeilding makes sure that you gain your confidence back while looking like your natural and youthful self! She has done many clinical researches on Botox alternatives and has become an expert in this field.


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Work Cited

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. “Bell’s Palsy Fact Sheet.” National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Bells-Palsy-Fact-Sheet.


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