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Facial Paralysis

Facial paralysis is a condition affecting the muscles and nerves of the face.  The condition can be Acquired Facial Paralysis, or Congenital Facial Paralysis.

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
  • Stroke
  • Infection
  • Bell’s Palsy

Symptoms may include:

  • Drooling
  • 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:

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.