Blepharospasm and Hemifacial Spasm Treatment
An abnormal, involuntary spasm of the eyelid, a benign essential blepharospasm (BEB) can present as repetitive blinking, twitching or fluttering. While BEB affects both sides of the face, hemifacial spasms (HFS) occur only on one side of the face. If you experience BEB or HFS, restore your quality of life with a personalized treatment plan from Eye Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons of Central New York. To learn more about our nonsurgical and surgical interventions for BEB and HFS, call us today at 315-422-3937 or 800-572-2748.
Defining Blepharospasm and Hemifacial Spasm
BEB is a feature of cranial dystonia, a movement disorder that causes the head, face and neck muscles to contract uncontrollably. While the cause of BEB and cranial dystonia are usually not known, HFS is typically due to the compression of the facial nerve, or the seventh cranial nerve, which emerges from the brainstem between the pons and the medulla. HFS can also be caused by a tumor or Bell’s palsy. For patients diagnosed with BEB or HFS, facial spasms can be a source of considerable distress and embarrassment.
Treatment for HFS and BEB
Prior to performing surgery, medications and injections may be used to control spasms. The primary therapy for HFS and BEB is botulinum toxin (BTX), most commonly known as its brand name, BOTOX. If this nonsurgical procedure fails to eliminate the eyelid spasm, surgery may be recommended. For medication-refractory HFS and BEB, microvascular decompression may be considered. This common surgical procedure involves inserting small sponges between the compressing vessel and nerve to protect the cranial nerves.
Oculoplastic Surgeons in CNY
At Eye Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons of Central New York, our oculoplastic surgeons can help you manage your blepharospasm or hemifacial spasm. Schedule an appointment at our North Syracuse, NY location to receive a treatment plan that’s right for you.