HomeAnswersNeurologyfacial palsyMy lips move only to one side while I talk and smile. How should I treat this?

What is the long-term solution for the inability to move lips?


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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My lips move only to one side while I talk and smile. It is like that since birth. Is there any treatment for this?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

If you are completely sure that your problem is since birth, than it can be congenital defect or absence of the nerve which drives the facial muscles. Do you have difficulty closing one side eye? Do you have lack of furrwing on one side of forehead? This gives an idea about the extent of weakness of facial nerve. There are treatments available and they are called facial reanimation procedures. Another alternative is attaching other nerve to facial nerve but these are major procedures and need lot of work up before making any decision for or against them.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Hardik Nareshbhai Rajyaguru
Dr. Hardik Nareshbhai Rajyaguru


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