Facial tics are uncontrollable spasms in the face, such as rapid eye blinking or nose scrunching. They may also be called mimic spasms. Although facial tics are usually involuntary, they may be suppressed temporarily. A number of different disorders can cause facial tics. They occur most often in children, but they can affect adults as well. Tics are much more common in boys than in girls.
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Facial Tic Disorder: Causes, Contributing Factors, and Treatments
These movements are usually brief and not sustained. The common facial tic includes the condition hemifacial spasm, a condition characterized by very rapid, abnormal contractions of one side of the face. Sometimes hemifacial spasm may follow Bell's palsy Bell's palsy is a form of temporary facial paralysis resulting from damage or trauma to one of the two facial nerves. Often the movements are provoked by eating, talking, or whistling. Some patients experience symptoms in the upper areas of the face when they move the lower part of the face.
Everything you need to know about facial tics
Going to a Cleveland Clinic location? Hemifacial spasm is a neurological disorder. It causes involuntary muscle twitches spasms on one side hemi- of the face facial. Both men and women can get hemifacial spasm.
Hemifacial spasm HFS is an involuntary twitching or contraction of the facial muscles on one side of the face. Medication, surgery, and Botox injections are treatment options to stop the spasms and relieve the discomfort. Each treatment offers benefits, but each has limitations.