Women 'respond better to facial surgery'

Females' brains respond better than male ones to certain cosmetic procedures.

This is the conclusion of research from the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery at the University of Navarra Hospital, which has tracked 114 patients undergoing facial paralysis treatment since 2000.

Facial paralysis surgery involves the patient undergoing a muscle transplant procedure, which is accompanied by nervous transposition – where a damaged nerve is changed in favour of a healthier one – and women's brains have been demonstrated to adapt to the neural changes better in comparison with men's brains.

"The results obtained highlight the relevance that patient gender has when planning strategy for reconstruction in facial paralysis," said Dr Bernardo Hontanilla, director of the department.

Women who had experienced facial paralysis for between three-and-a-half to five years could still recover the ability to smile after the procedure, the study found.

The Institute of Neurology at University College London states the condition can be caused by damage to the pons region of the brain as well as by neural and muscular diseases.

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