Facial Palsy and Reanimation
At UVA Plastic Surgery, our specialized team of experts provides adults and children with state-of-the-art treatment for facial paralysis at our centers in Charlottesville and Fishersville, VA. Facial paralysis may be congenital (from birth) or acquired. It can affect the forehead, eyes, smile, or a combination of features, on one or both sides of the face. Regardless of the cause or extent of the paralysis, our experienced team provides effective treatment options and hope for improving the appearance and functioning of affected facial features.
Facial Palsy And Reanimation Surgeons
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Causes of Facial Paralysis
Loss of movement in the face can be caused by inflammation or damage to either the part of the brain or the facial nerve that controls the facial muscles of expression. The facial nerve on each side of the face has 5 main branches. Damage to any one or a combination of these branches can produce facial paralysis. Acquired causes include:
- Traumatic injury
- Tumors along the path of the nerve, including brain tumors
- Bell’s palsy
- Unknown causes
Our Unique Team of Surgeons
UVA Plastic Surgery offers patients suffering from facial paralysis an experience unique to the region of central Virginia; our 2-surgeon specialty team plans and performs these highly complex surgical repairs:
- Dr. Jonathan Black is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is fellowship-trained in craniofacial surgery.
- Dr. Brent DeGeorge Jr. is a plastic surgeon who has specialized expertise in microsurgery of the peripheral nerves.
Many treatment options are available for facial paralysis. Surgical repairs treat all layers of the face and fall into the following categories:
- Static repairs improve the position of portions of the face, including the eyelids and smile.
- Dynamic procedures, such as facial reanimation, are intended to restore the ability of the face to move naturally.
Our surgeons will develop a treatment plan that is unique to the patient’s specific needs, taking into consideration factors such as the individual’s age, cause of paralysis, and desired results.