Facial Paralysis Repair
When a trauma, infection or disease injures the facial nerves, it can result in debilitating face paralysis and cause the face to droop. Sometime cause of facial paralysis is congenital and can severely affect quality of life. Whatever the cause, treatment of facial paralysis requires a plastic surgeon with excellent surgical skills and the cosmetic experience to produce successful and attractive results. Allure Aesthetic Surgery of Beverly Hills is home to Dr. David Shamouelian, a highly-experienced face plastic surgeon and board-certified head and neck surgeon, who can restore basic function, form and balance in patients affected by partial or full facial paralysis using the lasted advances in reconstructive surgery.
Causes of Facial Paralysis
Some of the most common causes of facial paralysis include benign tumors, Bell’s Palsy, head injury or trauma, infection, Lyme disease, or other diseases. Facial paralysis causes facial imbalance or distortion and it can lead to a variety of problems, including the inability to close the eyes and drooping of the corner of the mouth. These can cause dryness of the eye, damaging the cornea. Drooping mouth can cause difficulty with eating, drinking, talking and smiling.
Face Reanimation Procedure
There are conditions where facial paralysis progressively resolves itself naturally over time. Then, there are cases where facial paralysis is devastating and reconstructive surgical treatment is needed to reanimate the face. Facial paralysis reanimation surgery is performed to restore symmetry to the face and restore function. Face reanimation may involve filling areas of the face damaged by muscle atrophy or re-establishing eyelid closure. Allure Aesthetic Surgery of Beverly Hills offers effective procedures that can significantly improve problems caused by facial paralysis and restore facial function and aesthetics.
- Neural Treatment- This micro-surgical procedure uses a microscope and small instruments for the complex repair of facial nerves and blood vessels. Neural technique is ideal for patients with facial paralysis caused by traumatic injury. This procedure is often required to be performed immediately after the injury has occurred, before scarring or fibrosis develops.
- Nerve Grafting- Nerve grafting is a facial paralysis surgical repair that can restore a patient’s ability to smile. Nerves from the non-paralyzed region of the face are transplanted to the paralyzed area to generate facial movement. Outcome of nerve grafting may take some time for patients to experience the full effects.
- Muscle Transfer- This is often performed 6 months after nerve grafting because nerves and muscles are interdependent. Muscle transfer procedure moves muscles from the undamaged part of the face to the paralyzed region in order to facilitate facial movement.
- Eyelid Surgery- Facial paralysis can damage the eyelid and cause inability to blink or close. Excessive tearing or drying of eyes caused by facial paralysis can be treated with eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery is performed to restore closing ability to the upper eyelid in order to protect the cornea. Placement of an upper lid gold weight creates the ability for the upper lid to close and upward support of the lower lid will allow closure for additional eye moisture retention.