Condition: Facial Droop

How is facial droop identified?

If you have been diagnosed with Facial Nerve Palsy or Bell's Palsy there is a likelihood that you have had some difficulty with controlling the muscles of your face. If you've had an injury to your facial nerve or if you've had a stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), then you, too, may have noticed problems with how symmetrical your face appears.

Sometimes when people with facial droop attempt to smile, the unaffected, "strong" side of the face seems to overpower the affected, "weak" side of the face, and you may feel frustrated or embarrassed regarding how you appear to others.

Although a cosmetic issue in some cases, the psychological and interpersonal issues involved in your appearance may be very important to you, and therefore, you may wish to have your face become more symmetrical, so that you feel more comfortable smiling, talking, and interacting with others.

Although speech pathologists are excellent at teaching you exercises to help you strengthen your facial muscles, practicing these exercises with the added help of an EMG biofeedback system can be very encouraging to you.