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Reconstructive Surgery Options for Facial Paralysis

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Many medical conditions can lead to facial paralysis. Varying severities of facial paralysis can affect eyesight, make it hard to eat and cause drooling, among other things. However, one of the most damaging effects of facial droop is on self-esteem and mental health.

Restoring symmetry to the face as well as function can help improve physical and emotional well-being. Cosmetic surgery procedures may create a more symmetric appearance at rest, while others could restore function and the ability to blink, chew and speak normally.

Dynamic Reanimation

Through temporalis slings and temporalis tendon transfers, a skilled cosmetic surgeon may be able to restore symmetric movement to the corner of the mouth and cheek. When smiling, the paralyzed side of the face will move in tandem with the side with normal movement. Lower eyelid tightening with a lateral tarsal strip may help to restore symmetry to the eye and prevent physical eye and vision issues.

Static Reanimation

Other procedures, like Fascia Lata grafts and Gortex slings, restore symmetry to the face when at rest but don’t react with movement. Still, fixing the original position of facial muscles can improve speech and chew movement. With improved facial balance comes improved self-image and confidence.

Face Lifts

Dynamic and static reanimation procedures target facial paralysis symptoms. Still, a traditional facelift can be used with reanimation or on its own to restore symmetry to the face, depending on the severity of the symptoms. There are many types and methods of facelifts, and every procedure is customized to the patient’s needs, making it ideal for facial paralysis reconstruction.

Brow Lift

The brow is another area of the face affected by facial paralysis. Unfortunately, dynamic and static reanimation procedures cannot treat the brow. However, a brow lift can restore symmetry to the upper face and complete the improved look.

If you have facial paralysis and are ready to make a change, call Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC today to schedule your consultation. Our facial paralysis correction surgery experts are prepared to address your concerns, answer your questions and make a plan to help you feel better about your appearance.

Post Provided by Benjamin Stong MD, Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC

Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE, #910
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 963-6665

Disclaimer: These Are Actual Results For Patients Of Dr. Benjamin Stong. Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Results Can Vary Between Patients.