Facial Paralysis Surgery
The facial movements are highly coordinated and complex. Injury from tumors or cancer or Bell’s palsy may cause impairment of facial movement. Regardless of the cause, the most important consideration is protection of the eye. Without the ability to effectively close the eye, the eye can become dry causing irritation and the feeling that there is “sand in the eye”, a harbinger of potentially dangerous problems with the eye.
There are several procedures that may be able to help with closure of the eye. Our surgeons are among the world’s experts in managing the paralytic eyelid syndrome (PES). In addition, management of the lower facial asymmetry and lack of spontaneous movement is managed by various techniques.
After return of facial function after Bell’s Palsy, the facial muscles may become “spastic” or too tight, and the eyelid may close in unusual ways. This may be helped with Botox, or other more cutting-edge procedures.
Each patient is analyzed carefully and presents a different anatomic picture and requires a different set of tools for an optimal, natural facial reanimation. You can be sure your treatment will be individualized to your particular needs.