Acquired facial paralysis is usually the result of the following:
- Traumatic injury
- Brain tumor or facial tumor removal
- Surgery for acoustic neuromas or other malformations
- Bell’s Palsy
Symptoms may include:
- Facial asymmetry
- Inability to smile
- Depression of eyebrow
- Sagging of lower eyelids
- Decreased tears
- Slurred speech
Our team of physicians considers the following when diagnosing facial paralysis:
- The cause of the paralysis
- Degree or severity of paralysis
- Duration of symptoms
- Patient age
- General state of health
Each of these is important for creating a comprehensive treatment plan.
Congenital facial paralysis is diagnosed as:
- Mobius syndrome. Mobius syndrome is a congenital condition resulting in paralysis of the facial muscles and some of eye movement. A Guide to Understanding Moebius Syndrome, written by Dr. Redett [PDF] may be helpful for further information.
- Non-Mobius syndrome forms of facial paralysis.
Our plastic surgeons have the expertise and experience to diagnose and recommend treatment for all types of facial paralysis. Our doctors consult with each other often, are leaders in their field and conduct research in the best methods of treating facial paralysis.
At our Center, we work with patients and their families to give them excellent results through surgery, pain management and rehabilitation therapies. These efforts are rewarded with excellent outcomes, gratified patients and a return to a satisfying quality of life.