Treatment options for Bell’s palsy
Bell’s palsy can be a shocking and devastating facial paralysis.
In an interview with Professional Beauty magazine, Dr Marcells explains with one of his patients what happens and how it can be treated.
“Imagine waking up on the day before giving birth to your first child and finding that half your face can’t move. With your body and mind wired for one of the most significant transitions a woman can make, suddenly an overwhelming sense of anxiety sets in. The words “Bells Palsy” and what that means tumble from the doctor’s mouth in the Emergency section of the hospital but it’s all a surreal blur.
You give birth the next day, and can’t smile in the photos as you clutch your newborn to your chest. Emotional numbness preludes postnatal depression – your half-frozen face a mirror of a part of your heart that feels trapped beyond your control.
Like every new mother you greet relatives and friends, stare at your baby for hours, feed, change nappies, bathe, wrap, hold, and adjust to your new life as your body recovers from the birth.
Battling broken sleep takes on a whole new dimension, however, as you can’t close your eye.
At this time of heightened vulnerability and expectant joy, a physical facial deformity is the last thing you need to be confronted with. As former model, make-up artist and beauty therapist, Penny Hornsby, says: “I had prepared myself to lose my body, but not my face.”
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Meet Dr Marcells
MBBS (Syd), FRACS (ORL-HNS)
Past President – Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons
Dr George Marcells is known for excellence in facial plastic surgery and is considered a true master of rhinoplasty. He performs advanced surgical techniques to restore balance and harmony to the face and can also resolve functional issues such as breathing difficulties.