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I have TMD/Bells Palsy on the left side of my face - could Botox help me?

Q:

I have TMD/Bells Palsy on the left side of my face.  Could Botox injections help me?

A:

To answer your question about whether Botox could help with your Bell's Palsy, I would need to know more information about your symptoms and the length of time you have had the problem. Bell's Palsy is usually self-limited and resolves in time, though it has been known to last for up to a year or longer. TM Disorder is a completely separate problem, though treatment of it has been known to improve some of the symptoms of Bell's Palsy. This can, occasionally, be treated with Botox if the problem causing it is muscle spasm. Then the muscle can be relaxed with Botox. If the Bell's Palsy is early and some of the problem is asymmetry of the face from over pull of the intact side, then Botox may weaken some of the good side muscles temporarily to give more symmetry and improved symptoms until the other side recovers.

R.T. Buchanan, MD

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