I have had Bells Palsy since I was born, which was from a forcep delivery. I am 24 years' old now and am inquiring whether there is any surgery that may help lift my left side for smiling or help me close my left eye, because it gets very dry and sore too often, and I really would like to know if there is any help I can get in this area. I am concerned especially for the eye and my sight for the future.
There are a number of procedures used to correct weakness of the facial muscles due to Bells palsy. The face can be assessed in terms of the upper, middle, and lower thirds and then procedures address each of these. For the eye a gold weight can be placed in the upper eyelid to help with closing the eyelid and protecting the eye. For the smile there are options of nerve grafts from the other side nerve and the possibility of microsurgically transferring new muscles into the cheek to help the smile. There are also lesser procedures in the form of facelifts to balance and correct the drop on the weak side of the face.
I would suggest seeking the opinion of a surgeon with experience in this field either through your local doctor or the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr Jeremy Hunt FRACS
Suite 609, Eastpoint Tower, 180 Ocean Street, Edgecliff, NSW 2027
Phone: (02) 9327 1733