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Facial Reanimation Surgery
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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Facial Reanimation Surgery
Facial plastic and reconstruction surgeon Patrick Byrne answers questions about facial paralysis surgical techniques. He provides information on the temporalis tendon transfer (T3) and gracilis free flap procedures.
Different Surgeries, Same Result
Two facial paralysis patients, were presented with the same surgical options to regain movement in their face --a temporalis tendon transfer or a gracilis free flap procedure Each option is safe and routinely performed at Johns Hopkins, but there is a lot to consider when making this important decision.
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 temporalis tendon transfer and eye surgery performed by facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Kofi Boahene to improve his quality of life.
Follow-up care is vital for this procedure to monitor healing. Anything unusual should be reported to your surgeon immediately. It is essential that you keep your follow-up appointments with your surgeon. Your physician will want to see you one day, one week and one month after surgery.
Read more about what you should do before and after your gracilis free flap procedure.