Facial Paralysis Reconstruction

Our facial expressions are important because they often communicate as much as our actual words. Facial paralysis, whether as a result of trauma, a surgical procedure, or Bell’s palsy, can be very difficult to cope with because it impairs this unique mode of communication, which is essential for our interpersonal relationships.

Dr. Leedy specializes in various reconstructive techniques that help restore patients’ confidence by enabling them to regain control of their expressions and facial muscles. A facial sling can restore symmetry to facial expressions by raising a sagging area of the face. In cases involving significant nerve damage, an advanced procedure can be employed in which nerves from other areas of the body are used to replace the damaged portions of the facial nerve in order to increase the mobility of the facial muscles.

In longstanding facial paralysis and in congenital facial paralysis, Dr. Leedy offers microsurgical functional muscle transfer. In this highly specialized procedure, Dr. Leedy transfers a muscle from the leg up to the face and reattaches the blood vessels and nerves to the muscle. The result can be fantastic, creating a more spontaneous, symmetric smile that can make profound changes in the patient’s confidence and self-esteem.

Dr. Leedy also offers treatment for those with eyelid dysfunction. His reconstructive procedures can restore the ability to blink, which is necessary to supply the eye with moisture and prevent impaired vision.

If you or someone you love suffers from facial paralysis or could benefit from another of our advanced reconstructive procedures, such as gynecomastia or microsurgical breast reconstruction, please contact the Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Leedy today.