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Facial Reanimation

Regain the feeling … of being yourself again.

For those who are living with facial nerve paralysis due to injury, brain cancer and its treatment, or due to a viral illness such as Bell’s palsy, Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons offers new hope.

Facial paralysis can be associated with surgery or radiation to treat brain stem tumors that are located near the nerve that controls facial expression. Along with the social stigma, those with facial paralysis may also experience drooling, difficulty speaking or problems closing their eyes, which in turn reduces the ability to protect the eyes and can lead to dry eye and vision problems.

Thanks to the advancement of Facial Reanimation techniques performed at Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons, those living with facial paralysis now have a truly workable solution that is effective in restoring function and self-confidence. In fact, Crystal Clinic plastic and reconstructive surgeon Derek Cody, M.D. performed the area’s first functional free-tissue transfer procedure to reverse facial paralysis.

With this facial reanimation technique, muscle is transplanted to the face to restore movement, function and symmetry. The muscle tissue is placed under the skin of the cheek using the same type of well-hidden incisions performed in a facelift. As the transplanted tissue heals and nerve function is restored over a period of months, patients have marked improvement in their ability to blink, chew, drink, speak and smile.

While facial reanimation procedures are not widely available across the U.S., those with facial paralysis don’t need to accept feeling self-conscious about their appearance or any of the physiological difficulties associated with facial palsy. Crystal Clinic is exceptionally qualified and is here to help.

To determine if Facial Reanimation is right for you and to better understand the multiple treatment options available, talk with your Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons reconstruction specialist for a personal consultation. It’s your opportunity to discuss your condition, your desired results, procedure details, and any concerns or questions you may have. 

The first step is to schedule an appointment. An initial consultation with your Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons expert will not obligate you to move forward with any procedure.