Facial Paralysis

Idaho Falls and Rexburg
Patients may experience facial paralysis due to a range of causes, but the impact it has on their lives should not be underestimated. Dr. Peck proudly works with myriad cases of facial paralysis in Idaho Falls, providing expert treatment options that can help patients regain a sense of control over their lives. If you have experienced facial paralysis and want to discover a path forward, you can call our office to set up a consultation and explore your treatment options with Dr. Peck.

What Is Facial Paralysis and What Causes It?

Facial paralysis refers to the inability to control facial muscles on one or both sides of the face, or even specific areas of it. This condition can be caused by a range of factors, including:
  • Bell’s Palsy: A sudden and temporary weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles, often due to a viral infection.
  • Stroke: A loss of blood flow to the brain that can damage facial nerves.
  • Head Trauma: An injury to the head or face that impacts facial nerves.
  • Tumors: The growth of tumors near facial nerves can put pressure on or damage the nerves.
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How Is Facial Paralysis Treated?

Treatment for facial paralysis will vary based on the underlying cause and severity. Options may include:
  • Steroids: Used for inflammatory causes to reduce nerve swelling.
  • Antivirals: Used for viral causes like Bell’s Palsy to reduce nerve inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy: Facial exercises and massage techniques to stimulate nerve growth.
  • Surgery: Used for permanent damage to repair or reconstruct facial nerves or muscles.


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What Is Facial Paralysis Surgery Like?

Non-surgical treatments such as steroids and physical therapy tend to be gradual and mild. But they can provide excellent results in some situations, depending on the cause and extent of facial paralysis. Dr. Peck specializes in providing precise surgical repair and reconstruction of facial nerves, which is the ideal solution for patients experiencing several types of facial paralysis.
The procedure duration is usually a couple of hours, depending on the complexity of the reconstruction and repair needed. However, anesthesia will be used to ensure you can remain comfortable for the entire surgery. After the procedure, patients can typically return home the same day with someone to drive them.

Is There a Recovery Period?

Recovery from facial paralysis surgery will vary based on the specific approach, the patient’s health, and other factors. Non-surgical options may show improvement within a few weeks, while surgical procedures typically require several weeks of recovery as nerves and muscles heal and regain function. Every path of recovery has variation, but Dr. Peck is continually ready to provide additional support and instruction to ensure you reach the far side of it with results that matter. In addition to our team’s support, Dr. Peck provides comprehensive follow-up care to monitor your progress and ensure you achieve the best results possible.
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What Are the Results?

For many patients, facial paralysis surgery allows them to regain a sense of control over their lives, restoring confidence and self-esteem. Our facial appearance means a lot to us, and even mild or temporary paralysis can be a highly challenging experience. With each procedure, Dr. Peck’s goal is to restore as much facial mobility as possible. However, each patient’s situation is unique. Before your procedure, Dr. Peck will provide you with an outline of the results you should be able to expect from the procedure. She has an experience view of what is and is not possible with surgery, and will apply it to evaluating your case.
But the end goal is always to bring back facial function. That is why Dr. Peck continues to improve her techniques and stays at the forefront of oculofacial surgery, so she might provide patients with the best possible care.

Can Facial Paralysis Come Back?

While surgical procedures are designed to be a long-term solution, non-surgical and surgical approaches alike cannot guarantee that facial paralysis will not recur or worsen over time. However, Dr. Peck’s expert care and dedication to your long-term well-being means we will work closely with you to monitor your progress and watch for any changes so that we can provide the necessary care to manage your condition and maintain your results. Life can always send the unexpected, but with the right medical care, you can reduce your risk and receive timely treatment when needed.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you have developed facial paralysis, we want you to know that help is available. To explore your treatment options and get started on a path toward recovery, call our Idaho Falls office today or use our online form to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Peck. With her specialized expertise and commitment to your wellness, you can find the answers and care you need to treat facial paralysis in Idaho Falls and Rexburg.
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