Facial reanimation is the process of surgically correcting facial paralysis; congenital or acquired through trauma or disease.
Type of procedures
There are various types of procedures that our physicians will use when planning your facial reanimation surgery. These may include:
- Muscle transfers – This involves moving tendons and muscles from one part of your body, usually your legs or abdomen to your face. Some of the tendons that are moved include the temporalis tendon transfer, digastric tendon transfer and the gracillis.
- Nerve grafting – These procedures include moving nerves from different parts of the body to the face. By doing this, your physicians can be assured that you will have more movement and sensation in your face, allowing you to better control the muscles. This may include hypoglossal to facial grafting and cross facial grafting.
Facial Paralysis and Facial Reanimation
Johns Hopkins facial plastic and reconstruction surgeon Patrick Byrne answers questions about facial paralysis surgical techniques. He provides information on temporalis tendon transfer (T3) and gracilis free flap procedures and on placement of eye weights to recreate a balanced face.
Facial Paralysis Patient Smiles Again
Left with facial paralysis following surgery to remove a brain tumor, Anthony struggled to blink, drink or smile. Follow Anthony’s journey as he has a masseter nerve transfer and eyelid surgery performed by facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Kofi Boahene to improve his quality of life.
Request an Appointment
To request an appointment or to get more information about the Johns Hopkins Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, please call 877-546-4530.