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Facial Nerve Center

We are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for individuals facing facial paralysis. Our team of experts, consisting of surgeons, physical therapists, physician assistants, and other medical specialists, is committed to evaluating and treating facial paralysis with a focus on improving appearance, facial function, non-verbal communication, and overall well-being.

Facial Nerve Paralysis

This condition is most often caused by Bell’s Palsy or Ramsay Hunt syndrome, but can also be caused by a facial injury, tumor surgery or Moebius Syndrome (birth-related condition).

The earlier paralysis is treated, the better the outcome and potential to avoid permanent paralysis. Our goal is to restore facial symmetry and function with advanced care and a team approach which includes a speech therapist for improving speech and facial expressions. 

Causes of Facial Paralysis

Facial paralysis can result from various causes, and our team is well-equipped to address each unique scenario. Common causes include:

  • Bell's Palsy
  • Facial Nerve Tumors
  • Parotid tumors
  • Ear Infections
  • Head Trauma
  • Congenital Paralysis

Our team understands the diverse origins of facial paralysis and employs a tailored approach for each patient.

Treatments Offered

We offer a range of advanced treatments to address facial paralysis, including:

  • 5-7 Nerve Transfer Smile Reanimation
  • Asymmetric Facelift for Facial Paralysis
  • Targeted Functional Botox
  • Cross Facial Nerve Graft
  • DAO Excision
  • DLI Excision
  • Facial Nerve Direct Repair
  • Fascia Lata Facial Suspension
  • Fillers for Facial Paralysis
  • Gracilis Free Flap
  • Lower Eyelid Tightening
  • Upper Eyelid Weight Placement
  • Selective Denervation

Facial Reanimation Microsurgery

Only a handful of centers in the US offer this type of surgery, which is also called “smile surgery.” It’s a highly complex and technical procedure which is recommended for those who have total or near-total loss of their ability to show facial expression. Two approaches include:

  • Microsurgery muscle transfer – Restore the ability to smile in those born without facial movement or who have long-standing facial paralysis. 
  • Nerve transfers or grafts – Restore facial muscle function for those who lost function following trauma or tumor surgery. 

Our Approach

At the Facial Nerve Center, we take pride in our patient-centric approach, emphasizing:

  • Team-Based Approach: Our interdisciplinary team collaborates to ensure comprehensive and effective care.
  • Open Communication: We believe in transparent communication with our patients, fostering trust and understanding throughout the treatment journey.
  • Patient-Specific Treatment Plan: Recognizing that each patient is unique, we develop personalized treatment plans tailored to individual needs. We understand that one size does not fit all and focus on patient reported concerns in directing care