Bell's Palsy occurs in roughly 40,000 Americans every year. This is the result of an inflammatory process that affects the facial nerve, which causes a shutdown of the facial muscles. Many times Bell's Palsy recovers on its own, and this is a fortunate side of this particular condition. However, roughly one third of patients will continue to suffer some level of facial weakness, asymmetry or full blown paralysis, and that can be sustained down the road.
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