BENEFITS OF FACIAL NERVE REANIMATION
• Correction involves specialized techniques & procedures
• Muscle tone & function, drooping & drooling, eyelid function, self confidence & more can be corrected
• Facial nerve reanimation independently deals with both the eye and the lower 1/3 of the face
• Corrects aesthetic & functional paralysis related problems
• Various treatments address several facial areas of correction
• Dr. Bloom has specialized knowledge, training, experience & skill to perform facial nerve reanimation procedures
IS FACIAL NERVE REANIMATION RIGHT FOR YOU?
If you are suffering with any or all of the conditions mentioned above and you have a strong desire to correct those problems, Dr. Bloom can perform your procedure(s) and achieve outstanding results. An individualized treatment plan will be designed to address your specific concerns and goals. You should be in otherwise good health and have realistic expectations.
FACIAL NERVE REANIMATION …WHAT’S INVOVLED…HOW IT’S DONE
Here’s what you need to know:
1. There are 5 degrees of nerve damage… Some levels of nerve damage are best treated with observation, while others can be surgically treated. Of the nerve injuries that are amenable to surgery, these require the skill of specially trained surgeons to safely achieve desirable outcomes.
2. Timing is critical…In some situations, the sooner the repair is done the better the results will be. In other situations, prolonged paralysis may lead to some procedures over other options. When trauma is a factor, waiting may be necessary, but no longer than 3 days should elapse before exploration or further testing occurs, in order to determine nerve continuity.
3. Age…better results are usually seen quicker with younger people. Older people typically experience slower nerve reanimation
SURGICAL NERVE REPAIR PROCEDURES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
Direct Nerve Repair restores spontaneous emotional facial function and is the method of choice if at all possible. This restores nerve continuity (coaptation of 2 nerve ends) as long as the nerve length permits.
Cable Nerve Grafting is a technique used when the length of the available facial nerve is inadequate. By borrowing nerves from another area of the body, such as the neck or leg, the graft restores function to the damaged facial nerve. Numbness in the donor area may result.
Nerve Substitution is used when the first two methods are not appropriate. By connecting branches of facial nerves on the normal side of the face to those on the damaged side…function can be restored. This may result in weakness on the donor side. This is usually a positive since it helps create improved facial symmetry.