Facial paralysis surgery is focused on restoring facial functions and reconstructing facial features after suffering facial palsy. It involves a number of different plastic surgery procedures for both dynamic and static reconstruction, including the use of facial fillers and metal implants, around the face and neck. It’s ideal for patients who wish to regain control of their facial features or have a more desirable facial appearance despite the condition.
Reasons To Undergo This Procedure
Patients who suffer from trauma, tumor/s, stroke, or Bell’s palsy lose the ability to move one side or several areas of their face due to temporary or permanent nerve damage. As a result, they lose voluntary control of their face and end up with an unnatural facial expression. The social and emotional effects make the debilitating condition all the more devastating. This procedure will help improve functional and cosmetic deficits around the patient’s face and bring their confidence back. It also addresses the following issues:
- Uneven or drooping facial features
- Deformed or lopsided smile
- Involuntary eye closure and dryness
- Involuntary drooling
- Difficulty with eating and speaking
- Congenital facial palsy
What Are The Benefits?
Facial paralysis surgery is one of the most complex cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon with almost a decade of experience in facial reconstructive surgery, Dr. Jacob Sedgh is knowledgeable about facial aesthetics and anatomy.
He also has considerable expertise in the wide variety of surgical techniques, procedures, and therapies available for a successful facial reanimation. Below are some of the benefits you can expect after undergoing facial paralysis surgery with Dr. Sedgh:
- More natural facial expression
- Restored or improved smile
- Facial symmetry
- Recovered or improved facial function
- Improved confidence and self-esteem
Patients may need to have several consultations before undergoing facial paralysis surgery. During your initial consultation, your doctor will need to learn your medical history, examine your facial features and evaluate your condition. Dr. Sedgh has expertly treated many patients who have suffered facial nerve damage, so you can expect nothing but professionalism and to feel more at ease under his care. Dr. Sedgh will also interview you about your motivations and goals for the surgery. Other things you can expect from your first few appointments with him are as follows:
- Explanation of the procedure
- Discussion of the proposed surgical execution
- Answers to questions you may have about the procedure
Patients living outside of Los Angeles or the US can have their consultations via video conference, at their convenience. Once the surgery has been scheduled, Dr. Sedgh’s friendly team can provide assistance in planning the logistics of your trip.
Patients who undergo static reconstruction for their facial paralysis surgery have significantly shorter recovery periods. Dressings may be applied to keep implants in place and/or help protect wounds while they recover. Those who undergo minor procedures might be allowed to head home just hours after the surgery.
If the patient had successful dynamic reconstruction or muscle transplantation, they’ll have bandages right after the procedure and will be asked to stay at the hospital for at least one day for monitoring. Successful reinnervation can be expected between 4 to 6 months, and optimum strength and control after about a year.
Expected down time is about 1-2 weeks for static reconstructive facial paralysis surgery and at least a month for dynamic reconstruction. They’ll usually be asked to take a leave from work for at least a week. Heavy stretching and contact sports must be avoided for at least 2 to 3 weeks. Dr. Sedgh will constantly be in touch for your post-op appointments, in person or via video conference in the next few months up to a year, for the assessment of your full recovery as well as follow-up dynamic surgery, if needed.
Comfort & Transparency From Start To Finish
When under the care of Dr. Sedgh, you will feel comfortable, cared for, and you will understand every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. His approach to facial enhancement is to achieve a refreshed, natural look – with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.