Facial paralysis is extremely disfiguring for the patient who is carrying it. It may be congenital or acquired, for example, after resection of a tumor.
Treatment of facial paralysis should cover the upper third, middle third and lower third of the face. The goal is to achieve symmetry.
For the upper third we treat the healthy side, as it is not possible to provide movement to the forehead. We surgically perform a “permanent botox” on the patient. At the level of the eyelids is obtained symmetry by different techniques combined.
As for the middle third, we started in Argentina in the year 2002 to do the lengthening temporalis myoplasty, a technique described by Daniel Labbé, a very talented french surgeon. With more than ten years of experience, we can say that this flap offers excellent results in terms of symmetry and movement.
Lower third of the face.
As for the lower third of the face, we used a very interesting flap of muscle on the lips of the healthy side.
This treatment is performed in 2 or 3 surgical stages and can be done perfectly with local anesthesia. The only one that is performed under general anesthesia is the Labbé Flap.