What Are Hemifacial Spasms?

Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Could I Have Hemifacial Spasms?

A single, unexpected twitch of a muscle happens to everyone now and again. However, if you have an ongoing facial twitch or spasm that interferes with daily life, causes embarrassment, or annoyance – it may be a concern you want to address. 

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What Are The Symptoms?

Often the only symptoms of this condition are an unwanted spasm or involuntary movement of the facial muscles. In rare instances, such as when the contraction is caused by a previous facial injury, there may be pain that accompanies the movement. 

What Causes Hemifacial Spasms?

As stated above, hemifacial spasms can be caused by an injury to the face that damages the facial nerve. However, most often, this condition is caused by a blood vessel compressing the facial nerve. In rare cases, there may be a tumor present or sometimes the cause of the spasm is unknown.

How Do I Get Diagnosed With Hemifacial Spasms?

Dr. de Lotbinière will conduct a physical exam as well as examine your medical history and discuss your symptoms. It may be necessary to utilize imaging, such as an MRI, to determine the exact cause of your symptoms.

How Does Dr. Alain de Lotbinière Treat This Condition?

Dr. de Lotbinière will discuss all of your treatment options with you. There are several treatment avenues available. 

After diagnosis, Dr. de Lotbinière will look at any previously explored treatments to decide what new option might be the right fit for you. Surgical intervention for this condition is minimally invasive, relieving the pressure from the aggravated nerve by distancing the blood vessel or interfering structure. 

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How Can I Find Relief?

Dr. Alain de Lotbinière is a pioneering neurosurgeon who uses innovative methods to create positive outcomes for his patients. Book an appointment at his New York or Connecticut office to start your path to relief today!