When should I begin Facial Retraining?

The right time to begin facial neuromuscular retraining (FNMR) is as individual as each face is different. Each person will display a unique recovery pattern and variability in the timing of recovery based on many factors. Generally speaking, it is important to allow the nerve to heal prior to beginning retraining, much like a broken bone in a cast has to heal before starting exercises. Viral causes of facial paralysis may be expected to recover more quickly than surgical or congenital causes. Each person must be evaluated individually and likewise, each should receive an individualized program based on those differences. Treatment should begin when signs of recovery become noticeable, such as increasing facial muscle tone (even without active movement), returning nasolabial fold (natural crease between the side of nostril and corner of mouth), or increased symmetry and balance between the two sides of the face.