Can botox heal hemifacial spasms?


Question: Can botox heal hemifacial spasms?

Answer: Botox is a commonly used treatment for hemifacial spasms. However, the way it works is by paralyzing the muscles. The underlying cause of the hemifacial spasm which is likely a pinched nerve caused by physical trauma or a blood vessel compressing the nerve will still exist. Many people find that they have to undergo multiple Botox treatments as it eventually wears after after a few months and the twitching comes back. A more permanent but also more risky treatment is microvascular decompression surgery.

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