The most widely accepted treatment for Bell palsy is corticosteroids. However, the use of steroids is controversial because most patients recover without treatment. Antiviral agents have also been studied in this setting, as have combinations of the two types of drugs.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that surgical repair by using a combination of procedures tailored to the patient's clinical findings works well for improving symptoms. Surgical options for Bell palsy include the following:
Facial nerve decompression
Suborbicularis oculi fat lift
Implantable devices (eg, gold weights) placed in the eyelid
Transposition of the temporalis muscle
Facial nerve grafting
Direct brow lift
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Cite this: Selim Benbadis. Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Bell Palsy? - Medscape - Sep 29, 2015.