Facial Paralysis Surgery

Traumatic facial injuries and certain medical conditions can cause nerve damage and an inability to move specific muscles on one or both sides of the face. This can make it difficult for a person to speak or move their mouth, eat, swallow, blink, or smile. In cases where the facial paralysis does not recover naturally, Dr. Sethna recommends facial paralysis surgery to help renew more natural functioning of the affected facial muscles.

What is Facial Paralysis Surgery?

Facial paralysis surgery, also known as facial reanimation surgery, is performed to treat nerve damage of one or both sides of the face. There are several different types of facial paralysis surgery that may be used depending on your specific condition and unique circumstances.

Dr. Sethna may recommend one or more of the following surgeries as part of your reconstructive facial paralysis surgery.

  • Upper Eyelid Surgery: Upper eyelid surgery can be performed in order to correct problems such as ptosis, a condition in which one or both upper eyelids droops downward over the eye. Dr. Sethna may also recommend eyelid surgery to correct asymmetry of the eyes that may have been caused by an injury.
  • Lower Eyelid Repair: A lower eyelid repair may be used to repair damage to the lower eyelids, as well as to improve symmetry between both eyes. Dr. Sethna often recommends this reconstructive procedure to patients experiencing issues with the lower eyelids caused by injury, congenital disorders, or cancer.
  • Gold Weights (Eyelids): Gold weights is a procedure that is performed to address the inability to close the eyelids due to facial paralysis. By carefully implanting small, surgical gold weights within the upper eyelid, Dr. Sethna is able to restore normal movement and functioning of the upper lids.
  • Static Facial Reanimation: Facial reanimation surgery is a reconstructive procedure that is used to improve and restore movement of the face after facial trauma, cancer, or due to certain medical conditions such as Bell’s palsy. Static facial reanimation surgery is extremely specific to each patient’s unique case, as Dr. Sethna will use different surgical methods in order to safely and effectively address your unique needs.

What is the Facial Paralysis Surgery Procedure Like?

You will have a private consultation with Dr. Sethna to discuss your specific concerns as well as your goal outcome. Based on your unique circumstances, Dr. Sethna will customize a procedure plan designed to provide you with your optimal and most natural-looking outcome. She will also provide you with detailed instructions for both before and after your surgery.

Your personal facial paralysis surgery may include one or more of the earlier mentioned surgical methods. Dr. Sethna will carefully analyze the condition of your face and listen closely to your goals in order to determine the best approach for your surgery.

What’s to Expect After Facial Paralysis Surgery?

The recovery period after facial paralysis surgery varies largely depending on the specific procedures performed, as well as the different surgical methods used by Dr. Sethna. You will be provided with detailed care instructions and information to assist with the healing process.

As you continue to heal from your surgery, you will begin to notice improvements in your ability to move the treated areas of your face. Your expressions will appear more normal, and previous difficulties you may have experienced with speaking, eating, blinking, etc., should start to feel much more natural. Many of Dr. Sethna’s facial paralysis surgery patients experience life-changing benefits that go far beyond just aesthetics.

If you experience any unexpected side effects after treatment, please contact our office immediately.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Anita Sethna, MD, FACS is double board-certified in Head and Neck surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, with a passion for helping her patients to achieve their most confident, empowered, and youthful selves. To schedule your private consultation, please give our Atlanta office a call at 404-778-6880 or fill out our online contact form and we will get in touch with you right away.