Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Long is Bell's Palsy Recovery?

Thursday, 15 April 2010 09:44 AM

Question: Could you explain Bell's palsy in terms of full recovery? I have had it for 13 months and have had some improvement. Would it be safe to have eyelid surgery?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Bell's palsy treatment has remained somewhat in flux from decade-to-decade reflecting a lack of understanding as to why this usually self-limited condition remains a problem for some in the long term, while others have a short period of facial nerve palsy with a rapid, full, and complete recovery within several weeks.

Since this condition involves a palsy of facial musculature, facial surgery is not usually advisable since a newly corrected area with palsy may need re-correction once the palsy resolves. This is not the best time to plan facial cosmetic surgery, at least until the affected area has remained unimproved for three months or more, unless you are willing to obtain re-correction in four to six months.

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