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Different Options Help Facial Paralysis Patients Smile Again

Facial Paralysis

Kristy and Darlene, both facial paralysis patients, were presented with the same surgical options. They could choose a temporalis tendon transfer or a gracilis free flap procedure to regain movement in their face. Each option is safe and routinely performed at Johns Hopkins, but there is a lot to consider when making this important decision. Watch as Kristy and Darlene chose different options and both learn to smile again.

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Dr. Patrick Byrne

Treatment Team

Learn more about Kristy and Darlene's treatment team.


The Johns Hopkins Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Team


The Johns Hopkins Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery brings together a team of board certified facial plastic surgeons committed to providing world class care to patients who desire facial cosmetic surgery or require facial reconstruction surgery and rehabilitation.

Learn more about our facial plastic and reconstructive surgery team.
Dr. Kofi Boahene with a patient

Surgical Information

After trauma, surgery or illness, the face can be affected both in appearance and in function. Learn more about the surgical procedures performed by our team to help patients return to full functionality and comfort.

Learn more about facial reconstructive surgery.