Nerve damage due to trauma or other conditions, such as Bell’s palsy, can lead to an inability to move the muscles of the face, on one side or both. Facial paralysis can make it difficult to speak, blink, swallow or smile. When facial paralysis does not resolve on its own, surgery can address the problem.
Facial Paralysis Treatment: Before and After Pictures
Facial Paralysis: Why Choose Johns Hopkins Facial Plastic Surgery?
- Our surgeons are internationally renowned, including two of the most highly regarded in the world for the treatment of facial paralysis.
- With the large number of patients we see and our faculty’s experience, which includes specific training in the structure of the head and neck region, we offer a rare degree of skill and expertise even in the most complex procedures.
- The team’s unique skills in surgical reanimation techniques can address paralysis of the face, including nerve and tendon transfers, microvascular surgery and oculoplastics.
- Our experts at Johns Hopkins have contributed many innovations to the field of facial reanimation, including the recent advancement of powering the gracilis muscle with multiple nerve sources including the cross face nerve and the masseteric nerve. This facilitates the spontaneous smile of the cross facial nerve graft with added power from the masseteric nerve.
Facial Paralysis | Q&A
Facial paralysis specialist and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Kofi Boahene discusses surgical techniques used to restore facial movement, including the ability to smile and eyelid function, after paralysis.
Advances in Facial Paralysis Surgery
Advances in facial paralysis surgery are Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Kofi Boahene discusses innovative techniques in facial reanimation offered at Johns Hopkins and how a “joyful” smile can be achieved.
Facial Paralysis Surgery: What to Expect
A number of surgical procedures can restore movement to the lower part of the face. Some of these procedures involve moving facial nerves, tendons and muscles (or parts of them) from other areas of the body to the face.
Surgery to transplant muscle tissue may involve more than one procedure and hospital stays of several days for each stage.
Your individualized treatment plan may involve one or more of these procedures:
Temporalis Tendon Transfer (T3): This is a relatively simple procedure that moves the temporalis muscle and tendon from one location in the face to another.
Gracilis Muscle Transplant (Gracilis Free Flap): The surgeon transfers a small portion of a thin muscle of the inner thigh to replace facial muscles.
Cross-Facial Nerve Graft: The surgeon moves a nerve from one side of the face to the other to supply a transplanted muscle with the ability to contract.
Masseteric Muscle Transfer: One branch of the muscle that helps people chew is re-routed to a new area in the face.
Hypoglossal Nerve Transfer: The surgeon can relocate a portion of the facial nerve that moves the tongue to a position that enables a transplanted muscle to function.
Facial Paralysis Patient Smiles Again
Follow Anthony’s journey as he has a masseter nerve transfer and eyelid surgery and experiences an improved quality of life.
Our doctors are board certified in both otolaryngology—head and neck surgery and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, which gives our team a unique and comprehensive level of expertise.