Facial Asymmetry after Bell's Palsy?

Q:

I had a very mild case of Bell's Palsy 3 years ago (no paralysis). After I was treated and rid of it, I noticed in photos that my face is very asymmetrical. Maybe my face always was, I just hadn't noticed it. The difference is most noticeable in my eyes; my right eye is much lower than left. My nose, lips and chin droops down on the right. My cheek and jaw on the left seem fuller; more angular. Could this have happened as a result of Bell's Palsy? This is making me very self-conscious.

A:

 Yes, the facial asymmetry you are noticing could have occurred because of your episode of Bell's Palsy. While the condition may have improved it may not be completely resolved. Hopefully with some time it may improve. 

 Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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