January 24, 2017 marks this year’s Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, hosted by the fantastic Moebius Syndrome Foundation.
Moebius syndrome is a rare congenital neurological disease that affects the muscles responsible for facial expressions and eye movement, causing facial paralysis. Symptoms of Moebius syndrome can include, but are not limited to:
- Inability to smile or make complete or partial facial expressions
- Difficulty swallowing and eating
- Eye issues, including eye sensitivity, inability to blink, strabismus
- Absence of ability to move eyes laterally
- Dental hygiene problems
- Impaired hearing
- Tongue deformity
- Hand and feet deformity
For patients with Moebius syndrome, there have been some great advancements in facial reanimation procedures in recent years. Dr. Guy Massry is able to help Moebius syndrome patients with bilateral eyelid paralysis reconstruction. Patients are unique and Dr. Massry will develop a customized surgical plan to give them the best results possible. Most commonly, Dr. Massry will perform eyelid paralysis surgery to create an epicanthal fold and/or place gold weights so that the cornea is protected.
For facial reanimation procedures for Moebius syndrome patients, Dr. Massry teams up with Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the Facial Paralysis Institute. Dr. Azizzadeh offers some of the most cutting-edge facial reanimation surgery options to help patients smile and make facial expressions. To learn more about Moebius syndrome surgical treatments, please visit the Facial Paralysis Institute.
If you would like to learn more about eyelid paralysis surgery with Dr. Massry, please call us at 310-657-4302.