Acute Facial Paralysis and Bell’s Palsy Clinic

21-year-old patient
with Bell’s palsy

Acute facial paralysis—sudden-onset facial weakness—is a nerve emergency. Signs of facial weakness include: drooling, an uneven forehead, trouble blinking and clearing your eye, and difficulty moving one or both sides of your face.

Patients experiencing facial weakness need to see a doctor or visit an emergency room right away. Doctors will determine whether the paralysis is caused by a stroke. If a stroke is ruled out, then the facial paralysis may be a sign of Bell’s palsy or another facial nerve disorder, such as Lyme Disease or Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. In that case, the specialists at Mass. Eye and Ear’s Facial Nerve Center may be able to help.

At Mass. Eye and Ear’s new Acute Facial Paralysis and Bell’s palsy Clinic, launched in summer 2016, our specialists will work to help you achieve the best possible outcome. We offer advanced therapies and aggressive early management, along with opportunities for clinical trials and clinical research. Every patient will be seen within three days of making an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call 877-9-SMILES.

 At our clinic, we are committed to providing comprehensive diagnosis and care. 

Our services include:

  • Diagnostic electrical testing
  • Three-dimensional photography and videography
  • Physical therapy
  • Specialized eye care
  • Facial nerve decompression