Signs & Symptoms

Facial Paralysis
Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of facial paralysis may include:

  • Unbalanced or asymmetric facial structures
  • Inability to raise an eyebrow
  • Inability to close an eyelid and protect the eyeball from drying out
  • Looseness or sagging of the lower eyelid, leading to tears dripping down the cheek
  • Inability to raise, lower or pucker the lips, leading to dribbling when drinking and slurring of some words when speaking

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.