By Sacha Obaid
Many women get lip fillers for full, plump lips, but did you know those fillers may help facial paralysis? Facial paralysis can occur for a number of reasons, and many people suffer from it. Dr. Kofi Boahene from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has worked with nearly two dozen facial paralysis patients and three muscular dystrophy patients who had all lost control over one or both sides of their mouths. Hyaluronic acid was used with these patients, who showed improvements in their lip strength.
Facial paralysis can cause drooling, spillage of your food, and make it difficult to speak clearly. Dr. Boahene has worked with several people who have suffered from facial paralysis and lost control of both sides of their mouths.
Patients who received lip injection treatments with hyaluronic acid found reduced symptoms of muscular dystrophy. Some received a six-fold increase in their lip strength. All patients noticed a large improvement after treatment in their ability to eat, speak, and drink. A study with over 100 patients to receive these injection treatments is planned soon.
Lip injections can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,000 and will last for up to 1 year. This is a small price to pay in the overall scheme of things when it comes to your health and well-being.