Facial reanimation surgery

SURGERY TO HELP REVERSE THE EFFECTS OF FACIAL PARALYSIS

 

Reconstruction surgery can help correct facial palsy and bring symmetry back to your face

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About facial reanimation

Facial reanimation surgery can help restore voluntary movement to your face.

It can recreate a symmetrical smile in those suffering from facial palsy (paralysis).

Surgery may be used along with other treatments but may not be able to restore nerve function in your face.

Need to know

You will be asked to lie on your front. Your consultant will do a type of X-ray called a fluroscopy to get real-time moving internal images of your spine on a screen.

They will use it to locate which facet joint they want to inject. This next part of the procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic, to block pain in the area. Your consultant will sterilise the skin on your back and inject a local anaesthetic. They will then use a larger needle to slowly inject a steroid solution into the affected facet joint.

This whole procedure usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes. It can sometimes take longer. You won't need to stay overnight.

Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and explain the procedure to you. They also answer any questions you may have.

You'll need ask someone to help you get home from the hospital after the procedure, as you won't be able to drive right away. Make sure you tell your consultant if you're taking any medicine, including blood thinning medications.

After you've had the injection, you might feel some weakness in your legs. This happens if the nerves that control your movement have been temporarily affected. This doesn't last long.

You might feel some pain relief within 15 minutes of the procedure but it can up to a week.

Paying for medical treatment

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Facial reanimation surgery Consultants

Professor Kavin Andi

Professor Kavin Andi

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Mr Nabeel Bhatti

Mr Nabeel Bhatti

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Mr Panayiotis Kyzas

Mr Panayiotis Kyzas

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Our Facial reanimation surgery locations

The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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