Facial Reanimation

Facial Reanimation is a type of surgery that restores movement, function, and symmetry to the face after a sustained nerve damage or trauma. This procedure can potentially revitalize the ability to talk, chew, drink, and/or smile.

Type of Facial Reanimation

Type of Facial Reanimation

  • Bell's Palsy: Bell's Palsy is a condition causing paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of the face. Damage can cause the affected side of the face to droop and can damage the facial nerve. This can affect the sense of taste, how you make your tears, or saliva. In most cases, the weakness is temporary or significantly improves over weeks.
  • Temporalis Tendon Transfer (T3): This involves moving the temporalis muscle and tendon from one location to another.
  • Fascia Lata Graft: By using a portion of a tendon in your thigh to create an “inner scaffolding” that supports and balances facial features.
  • Gracilis Muscle Transplant (Gracilis Free Flap): This process involves transferring a small portion of one of the inner thigh muscles (the gracilis) to replace a portion of muscle in your face.
  • Masseteric Muscle Transfer: Reroutes a branch of the muscle that helps you chew.
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Transfer: The hypoglossal nerve helps to move the tongue. Some fibers of the hypoglossal nerve can be repurposed toward facial muscles. The hypoglossal nerve has previously been used for smile reanimation.
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