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Gracilis Free Flap Surgery for Facial Reanimation

Gracilis Free Flap Surgery for Facial Reanimation | Kathy’s Story

After losing all movement on the left side of her face, Kathy consulted with Johns Hopkins facial plastic surgeon Kofi Boahene, M.D., who used a multiple vector gracilis free flap surgical approach for facial reanimation to create a complete smile instead of a Mona Lisa one. Within months of her surgery, Kathy began to get her smile back.


Meet the Expert

Photo of Dr. Kofi Derek Owusu Boahene, M.D.

Boahene, Kofi Derek Owusu, M.D.

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Professor of Dermatology
Appointment Phone: 410-583-7185
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Acne, Baseball Injuries, Bell's Palsy, Birthmarks, Blepharoplasty, Bone Tumors, Botulinum Toxin Injections, Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leaks, Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate, Cosmetic Dermatology, Cosmetic Surgery, Deviated Septum, Endoscopic Frontal Sinus Surgery, Endoscopic Resection of Nasal Tumors, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Esthesioneuroblastoma, Eyelid and Orbital Trauma, Eyelid Malposition, Eyelid Reconstruction, Eyelid Surgery, Facelift, Facial Lesions, Facial Nerve Disorders, Facial Plastic Surgery, Facial Reanimation, Facial Reconstruction, Facial Scar Revision, Facial Surgery, Fibrous Dysplasia, Free Muscle Transfer, Gracillis Muscle Transfer, Hypoglossal Nerve Transfer, Maxillofacial Surgery, Microtia, Microvascular Free Flap Surgery, Microvascular Free Tissue Transfer, Microvascular Surgery, Neck Lift, Nerve Grafting, Nerve Injury, Orbital Trauma, Orbital Tumors, Otolaryngology, Paranasal Sinus Tumors, Parasellar Tumors, Parotid Cancer, Rhinoplasty, Salivary Gland Tumors, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Soft Tissue Tumors, Synkinesis, Temporalis Muscle Tendon Transfer (T3), Torn Ear Lobe Repair, Wrinkle Treatment

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Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Facial plastic surgery offer unique skills in facial reanimation following facial paralysis. Learn more about the Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and treatment for facial paralysis.

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Condition Information

Facial paralysis refers to the inability to move the facial muscles which can be on one of both sides of the face. Facial paralysis may also be seen as drooping around the eyes or the corners of the mouth. Unused muscles of the face can begin to atrophy quickly. For this reason, early intervention is important. If you have been diagnosed with facial paralysis contact a facial plastic surgeon quickly for an evaluation and a custom treatment plan.  

Learn more about facial paralysis in the health library.