What facial paralysis surgery?
At Penn Medicine, our plastic surgeons use the very latest reconstructive procedures to restore function, symmetry and appearance for those with facial paralysis, or weakness on one side of the face. We not only treat the peripheral effects of facial nerve damage but also repair the facial nerve itself.
Our facial paralysis program is developing new cutting-edge treatments including harvesting nerves from other parts of the body to repair the injured nerves of the face. Our surgeons are also using small tubes surgically implanted in the face to guide regrowth of the facial nerve and seeing excellent results.
Every form of facial paralysis is different, as is every patient. One of our reconstructive plastic surgeons can advise patients on what can realistically be expected after surgery. Many patients can have significant movement restored to their face, though subtle expressions may not be recoverable.
Those patients who have suffered a stroke or another neurological event that has resulted in facial paralysis are advised to seek a consultation with a Penn neurologist.
What to Expect After Facial Paralysis Surgery
Following facial paralysis surgery physical or occupational therapy may be prescribed after the surgical wound has healed to further aid a full recovery. Patients are provided an individualized recovery plan outlined by their surgeon to ensure the very best long-term results.
Facial Paralysis Surgery Risks
All surgery has risks. Potential complication can be prevented by carefully following all instructions both before and after surgery. Our surgeons carefully review the procedure and potential risks with each client.