Facial Palsy

Treatment overview

Muscle Relaxing Injections as a treatment for facial palsy

It is well-known that muscle-relaxing injections can be used to treat wrinkles, but it is less well-known that they can be used to manage an individual with facial paralysis, both temporary and permanent in nature.

Facial paralysis can arise for many reasons: previous trauma, cancers like parotid tumours, acoustic neuromas, facial nerve tumours etc., Bell’s palsy, previous surgery, or other neurologic conditions.

Dr. Sorensen deeply understands facial nerves and facial anatomy to provide the most sophisticated treatment for individuals with facial nerve paralysis. Many patients who fly in or drive in from long distances for our expert handling of facial-nerve issues using muscle relaxing injections.

Treatment benefits

Symmetry Restoration: Muscle relaxing injections can help reduce muscle stiffness and involuntary movements, which can lead to improved facial symmetry and a more balanced appearance.

Reduced Synkinesis: Synkinesis, the involuntary movement of muscles in one area when another group of muscles is voluntarily contracted, is a common issue in facial palsy patients. Muscle relaxing injections s can help alleviate synkinesis, resulting in more coordinated facial movements and expressions.

Pain Relief: Muscle relaxing injections has been shown to help reduce pain and discomfort associated with facial palsy by relaxing the affected muscles, providing relief from muscle stiffness and spasms.

Improved Quality of Life: By addressing the issues mentioned above, muscle relaxing injections treatment can enhance patients' overall quality of life, leading to increased self-confidence, better emotional well-being, and improved social interactions.

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FAQs

  • How does Muscle relaxing injections help with facial paralysis?

    Muscle Relaxing Injections help to relax the overactive muscles in the face, which can cause asymmetry and spasms in patients with facial palsy. This can improve the patient’s appearance and help to restore more natural facial expressions.

  • Are muscle relaxing injections a permanent solution for facial paralysis?

    No, Muscle-relaxing injections are not a permanent solution for facial paralysis. The effects of the treatment typically last for 3-4 months, and repeat injections are required to maintain the benefits.

  • Are muscle relaxing injections for facial palsy painful?

    Muscle relaxing injections are typically well-tolerated and only cause mild discomfort during the procedure. The treatment area may be numbed with a topical anesthetic to minimize any discomfort.

  • Are there any side effects of muscle relaxing treatments for facial palsy?

    Like any medical treatment, muscle relaxing injections have potential side effects, but they are usually mild and temporary. Some patients may experience bruising, swelling, or redness at the injection site, but these effects typically resolve within a few days.

  • Who is a good candidate for muscle relaxing injections for treatment for facial palsy?

    Patients with facial palsy caused by overactive muscles in the face may be good candidates for muscle-relaxing injections. However, individual suitability can only be determined by consulting a qualified medical professional.

Consulting & treatment information

FNQ Plastic Surgery is committed to providing high-quality, professional, and personalised non-surgical treatments to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. To help you prepare for your consultation and treatment, we have compiled some frequently asked questions and important information regarding our policies and procedures.

Medical Consultations for Non-Cosmetic Procedures (skin cancers, hand surgery etc.)

  • Initial consultation: $280
  • Follow-ups: $85

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  • Initial consultation: $350
  • Follow-ups: $100

Children Consultations under 18 years

  • Initial consultation: $250
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To secure an appointment for cosmetic surgery, you are required to make a deposit as outlined below. The final payment is due to FNQ Plastic Surgery 2 weeks prior to your scheduled date. Please reference your surname and contact us once payment is complete.

Surgeon feeDeposit required

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If you cancel or reschedule your procedure less than (7) days prior to your surgery date, you will be responsible to pay thirty percent (30%) of the total costs of the procedure (non-refundable and cannot be applied to a future procedure).

Average prices paid for cosmetic and plastic surgery are different across Australia. Prices and Hospital Costs vary for plastic surgery as every patient has slightly different anatomy and varying surgical needs. Your Price for surgery depends mostly on which surgeon, which hospital, the type of prosthesis and how long the surgery will take. It will also vary based on eligibility for Medicare and whether you are insured or uninsured.

A fully personalised quote for your plastic surgery procedure is available when you come for a confidential consultation.

Your quote as part of a fully informed financial consent will outline your specific:

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  • Any Medicare codes that may be applicable to your surgery

Many patients want to know if Medicare will cover plastic surgery. Medicare will cover what is deemed essential reconstructive surgery and procedures that have associated Medicare item numbers listed in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Dr Sorensen and his team can help you understand if Medicare may cover your procedure. However, if you wish to look up a particular type of surgery and its item numbers, refer to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Medicare will not cover cosmetic surgery procedures – like a cosmetic breast augmentation.

If you meet the strict criteria, you may be eligible for a Medicare item number Breast Surgery, Tummy Surgery, and post weight loss Excess Skin removal, amongst many other procedures.

You can undertake your surgery as a self-funded (uninsured) patient, or you may be covered by your Private Health Fund. There are many private health funds, some more generous than others.

Your Private Health Fund may partly contribute to the cost of your surgery. If you have a valid medical referral and meet the specific criteria for a Medicare Item Number.

You must also have the right LEVEL of insurance cover – Gold, Silver or Bronze – for the type of surgery you want. You may have to delay surgery after initially joining a health fund – typically, a 12-month waiting period needs to be served before you can have surgery.
If you have private health insurance, it is your responsibility to check your level of cover for this procedure. If you are not covered for the procedure, you will be responsible for hospital fees. Below are listed questions you should ask your health fund:

  • Am I covered for the Cairns Private Hospital or Cairns Day Surgery?
  • Am I covered for the item number(s) listed on my quote?
  • Will I be covered if this surgery is combined with a cosmetic procedure that does not have an item number?
  • Do I have an excess to pay when I go to hospital? if so, how much is it?

Nearly all plastic surgeons now charge a GAP fee on top of what Medicare and Private Health Funds are willing to contribute for your surgery. Medicare rebates have been fixed and have not increased for years. This has resulted in few, if any, NO GAP Plastic surgeons willing to charge the standard Medicare fee and health fund rebate.

You may be able to get early access to your Superannuation Fund to pay for your life-changing surgery.

This will most likely apply to Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Breast Reduction, Body Contouring, Arm lift, Nose Surgery or Skin Reduction after significant weight loss or Bariatric Surgery.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will assess your Early Super Fund Access application for medical procedures that treat life-threatening illnesses or chronic pain. The final decision, however, will be made by your own Super Fund, as some funds will not allow withdrawal. Find out more by visiting the ATO website or contacting Supercare.

No, you do not need a referral to see Dr Sorrel Sørensen for non-surgical treatments. As this is completely cosmetic, there are no Medicare rebates.

The cost of a consultation with Dr Sorrel Sørensen is $150. You will be required to pay a deposit of $100 when booking your appointment with Dr Sørensen.

There is a minimum requirement of 24 hours notice for cancelling a non-surgical appointment. This is to allow sufficient time for the appointment time to be reallocated. If you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment or fail to attend a booked appointment, we reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee of $100.

Anyone under the age of 18 years old must attend with a parent or guardian for the first consultation. If the child is over 14 years old, the agreed package of treatment can proceed without the parent or guardian been present, but the consent form for the package must be countersigned by the parent or guardian.

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In the interest of health and safety, children cannot accompany patients into the treatment rooms and the reception staff are not responsible for supervising young children in the waiting room. Appointments can be provided outside working hours to allow for arrangements to be made, so that your appointment is centred around you.

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