Bell's palsy usually goes away without treatment,
especially if you can still partly move the muscles on the affected side of
your face. Almost all people who can still move their facial muscles to some
degree recover completely without needing any medicine or other
Your chances for a
full recovery are better if you get your sense of taste and some motor function
back in the first week.2 More than 2 out of 3 people
who get Bell's palsy recover completely.3
The rest have ongoing weakness that ranges from partial to complete paralysis,
which may never completely disappear. Some people develop involuntary facial
movements (movements they cannot control), such as twitching lips, tearing
eyes, or spasms of the face or eyelids.
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If your doctor thinks that your Bell's palsy is
caused by a virus, you may be given antiviral drugs, such as acyclovir. But
there is no clear evidence that antiviral drugs are an effective treatment for
Some people develop involuntary facial movements months
after being diagnosed with Bell's palsy. This condition may be treated with
botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze the facial
Treating permanent facial paralysis
have permanent facial paralysis, you may benefit from surgery or physical
Your doctor may recommend surgery if you have had
facial paralysis for 6 to 12 months without improvement.
Surgeries that may improve your appearance and partially restore muscle
Grafting another nerve to the
facial nerve. In many cases, the nerve that controls
tongue sensitivity is attached to the facial nerve. Damage to this nerve causes
a loss of sensation on half of the tongue. But some people who have had Bell's
palsy for a long time may find this preferable to having the muscles on one
side of their face completely paralyzed.
Transferring normal muscle
tissue to the affected area, usually the lips.
Who to see for Bell's palsy
Health professionals who can diagnose and treat Bell's palsy