Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, Director of the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, comments on the media mogul’s Bell’s palsy diagnosis that continues to leave his face paralyzed.
Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) December 27, 2013
As the recently appointed President of CNN Worldwide, Jeff Zucker was not expecting his first year on the job to be marked by the sudden diagnosis of Bell’s palsy. According to a recent interview, Mr. Zucker woke up one morning in June unable to move his face. At first Mr. Zucker thought he had experienced a stroke, but a trip to the emergency room confirmed that it was Bell’s palsy. At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Los Angeles, facial paralysis expert Dr. Babak Azizzadeh has years of experience treating patients who suffer from Bell’s palsy.
“Bell’s palsy is the leading cause of facial paralysis in America. The disease has a very sudden onset and patients experience almost immediate paralysis of the face,” explains Dr. Azizzadeh.
Mr. Zucker’s condition has improved over the six months since his diagnosis; however, he still has not regained full control over his facial movements. As of his recent interview, Mr. Zucker is still unable to smile, laugh, or move his brow or forehead. Patients who do not regain a normal smile are typically hampered by synkinesis, a condition where the facial nerve fibers reattach to the incorrect nerve after Bell’s palsy, resulting in undesired facial movements. Mr. Zucker admits that dealing with the diagnosis and paralysis has been challenging and has put a hindrance on an otherwise exciting year.
“Bell’s palsy is a devastating disorder that can seriously affect a person’s quality of life. Thankfully, most who are diagnosed with Bell’s palsy have full recoveries with no lingering problems. There are others who will continue to see the effects of Bell’s palsy and facial paralysis for a longer period of time,” states Dr. Azizzadeh.
At the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Azizzadeh is committed to using the most advanced methods to treat patients with Bell’s palsy. Dr. Azizzadeh works tirelessly to ensure that Bell’s palsy treatments do not cause further complications and that facial movement is restored in the patient. Botox, neuromuscular retraining, and surgery are safe and effective treatments for Bell’s palsy patients. Selective neurolysis is one of the most cutting edge surgical treatment strategies for patients experiencing facial paralysis and synkinesis. Dr. Azizzadeh consults thoroughly with each patient to determine which treatment plan will produce the most optimal results.
“Using the most cutting-edge technology and procedures, we are able to see amazing results in the treatment of patients with Bell’s palsy and facial paralysis. I encourage those suffering from Bell’s palsy to seek medical attention from a highly trained and experienced facial plastic surgeon who specializes in facial nerve disorders,” says Dr. Azizzadeh.
Since his extensive and prestigious training at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Azizzadeh has helped hundreds of people with varying degrees of facial paralysis. Dr. Azizzadeh is the director of the Facial Paralysis Institute and one of the leading figures in the field of Facial Nerve Paralysis. Dr. Azizzadeh has been recognized for his work on several occasions, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and countless other media outlets.
Dr. Azizzadeh is trained in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Head & Neck Surgery, giving him a distinctive insight into facial nerve function and facial aesthetics. Dr. Azizzadeh also has extensive training in microsurgical facial reconstruction, which is often required for the treatment of people who are born with facial paralysis.
For more information, contact the Facial Paralysis Institute at (310) 657-2203.
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