On the day of the facial paralysis surgery, Dr. Sedgh will have already tailored the reconstructive surgical plan to fit the patient’s specific goals and degree of facial paralysis in order to yield the best cosmetic and functional results for a paralyzed face.
Dynamic reconstruction is the execution plan for those who cannot regain function of certain parts of the face with therapy. Procedures for this category of facial paralysis surgery involve cross-facial nerve graft, which is done by carefully transplanting muscle into the paralyzed side of the face in order to reestablish voluntary facial movements.
The muscle transplant becomes successful by allowing healthy nerves from the non-paralyzed side of the face to gain control of the transplanted muscle. However, patients suffering from facial palsy that affects both sides of the face will require more specialized treatment than cross-facial nerve graft.
For static reconstruction, Dr. Sedgh will perform a mix of different plastic surgery procedures and lifts to address issues on specific parts of the face. These may include the implantation of platinum chains or gold weights for the correction of the upper eyelids, tightening of the lower lids, cheek augmentation, forehead and brow lifts, temporary liquid facelifts (like Botox), the use of facial implants, and complex lip surgery to improve your smile and hold corners of the mouth in place.
The surgery will require local or general anesthesia, depending on the target areas and number of procedures that will be performed on the same day. Dissolvable sutures will be used to minimize scarring.