Facial Paralysis Care
Treatment for facial nerve paralysis, also known as facial palsy, is possible thanks to a highly specialized team that treats defects of facial movement, expression and quality of life. The most advanced, successful surgical interventions involve nerve transfer or free muscle transfer procedures aimed at restoring a patient’s smile.
Ear, nose and throat (ENT) facial plastic and reconstructive surgery specialists and collaborating specialists at The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City offer state-of-the-art facial paralysis surgeries to help more patients get back to life and back to smiling.
What is facial paralysis care?
Who can have facial paralysis care?
There are several conditions that can cause facial paralysis, and a doctor can determine which treatment is right for the patient.
Conditions treated by a facial paralysis care team include:
- Acoustic neuroma/vestibular schwannoma
- Bell’s palsy
- Congenital facial paralysis
- Congenital unilateral lower lip palsy
- Facial nerve tumors
- Lyme disease
- Moebius syndrome
- Neurofibromatosis 2
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome
Facial paralysis can also be treated after procedures or conditions such as:
- Cavernous brainstem hemangioma
- Ear infection/ear surgery
- Guillain-Barre/Miller Fisher syndromes
- Head and temporal bone trauma
- Parotid tumor surgery
- Tumor-related conditions and procedures
- Vascular anomaly
- Viral conditions
How does facial paralysis care work?
Facial paralysis treatment depends on the condition being treated and the severity of the patient's paralysis. There are several treatment options, and your physician will help you determine which is right for you. These treatment options could include:
- Asymmetric facelift
- Botox for facial paralysis
- Brow and forehead lifting
- Comprehensive eye care for the paralyzed eye
- Comprehensive nasal surgery for the paralyzed and obstructed nose
- Cross face nerve grafting
- Depressor anguli oris (DAO) myectomy procedure
- Depressor labii inferioris (DLI) myectomy procedure
- Facial filler for facial paralysis
- Facial therapy (neuromuscular retraining)
- Fat grafting for facial paralysis
- Gracilis free muscle transfer smile surgery
- Hypoglossal to facial nerve transfers (XII-VII)
- Masseteric to facial nerve transfers (V-VII)
- Mentalis myectomy procedure
- Selective neurectomy
- Static facial suspension
Benefits and risks of facial paralysis care
What happens during facial paralysis care?
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Why choose us for facial paralysis care?
At The University of Kansas Health System, we offer the best in facial plastic surgery. Our cases are overseen by facial plastic surgeons who are trained and certified in applying minimally invasive injectables and surgery.
Our facial paralysis care team leads the region in rhinoplasty surgical volume – up to 70 times more than the average facial plastics provider. We also have the only facial nerve comprehensive team in Kansas and the surrounding region. Less than 1% of facial plastic surgery teams offer our level of expertise, so we are the go-to spot for facial paralysis treatment for those in the Midwest.
Our services are provided by The University of Kansas Hospital – named the No. 1 hospital in Kansas and in Kansas City by U.S. News & World Report since the award’s inception. We're also part of an academic medical center, meaning you have access to the latest and most comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options and a continuous network of care.