Hemifacial spasm is the painless, involuntary (cannot be controlled) twitching of one side of your face. While anyone can potentially develop this condition, it is most common among women of middle age or older.
The main symptom of this condition is muscles on one side of the face twitching involuntarily – usually beginning with the eyelid and then spreading to the cheek and mouth. At first, the twitching usually happens every once in a while, but may become almost continuous in more advanced cases. While the spasms are painless, they can be embarrassing and look like the person is having a seizure-like episode.
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