If you’re experiencing facial paralysis you most likely have a facial droop which results in an asymmetrical appearance to your face. Visually you may appear that you are frowning when you are really trying to smile at someone.
Your facial paralysis not only has visual effects, but it also can be causing you emotional strain. The balanced appearance you possibly once had, is now gone. You’re feeling a sense of loss of what used to be. You may also feel misunderstood due to your inability to use your facial expressions as body language. Most likely your facial paralysis has been caused by trauma to your facial nerve, a wide variety of syndromes, or Lyme disease. Not only are you experiencing the physical results of any of those conditions, but also your facial paralysis is one more burden you are carrying.
With all of this loss, it’s important to know how to best walk through this, so your emotional loss does not escalate to a level too heavy to carry. Here are a few things to consider if you’re suffering from facial paralysis.
- Share you loss with your friends and family members. Don’t hold your pain all to yourself. Explaining your level of misunderstanding, loss and pain is important. Allow them the opportunity to encourage you, and help in your journey.
- If you’re feeling overwhelmed with your emotions, and feel a sense of hopelessness it might be helpful to consult with a professional who can help you talk through this, and give you tools to help you deal emotionally with your loss.
- Consult with a facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Ransom to discover ways he can help in repairing facial nerve paralysis.
Posted on behalf of San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery
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