My left side of my face paralyzed. Had an upper eyelift & weightsI Want to do a Facelift, is there something I can do? (photo)
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My left side of my face paralyzed.
Face lift for facial assymetry after trauma
The lack of function is due to damage to the nerve that moves muscles to the face. unfortunately, after almost 2 years is very unlikely that major nerve grafting will recover the muscles. Use of botox to relax the forehead may help with symmetry. there are some other methods to help pulling the tissues upwards with cables, that may help obtained better static symmetry. Finally, make sure that you have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Wishing you the best in your journey
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Face lift after severe facial injury
- I am so sorry to hear of your severe injury - and hope you continue to improve.
- A face lift on the looser side of your face can be done for you by any qualified plastic surgeon -
- But it will only support your face, it will not make it move better.
- A re-innervation procedure brings nerves back to the face to move it - but the movement is not always entirely natural. The surgery is done by plastic surgeons specializing these procedures.
- Since you are a young man, the re-innervation will probably be better for you in the long run.
- Were you cared for at a University teaching hospital? If so, have a consultaton with their plastic surgery department.
- If not, find the nearest, best University medical center and go there.
- You can also consult a private plastic surgeon about a one-sided face lift.
- Then you will know what is involved and can decide which you prefer.
Facelift following facial paralysis
- A static facelift which is an elevation of the tissues. This can be performed for the brow, face and neck.
- A dynamic facial re-animation where nerves are carried from the working other side to stimulate any residual muscle activity on the injured side, or use of muscles and slings on the injured side which will lift the brow, cheek and lip when stimulated.
Facial Paralysis Rehab
I personally have considerable experience in such matters. You have several options available to correct the position of the left side of your face. There are what is termed static methods and there are dynamic methods. There are some methods that are very similar to facelifts and some that involve nerve and muscle transfers.My recommendation is that you seek consultation with someone who has done a volume of these procedures and then decide what suits your need best.Good luck...and remember there are methods available to help you.
Fred G. Fedok, MD FACS