Facial Re-animation :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Pediacast Interview with Dr. Maya Spaeth

Pediacast with Dr. Mike features Dr. Maya Spaeth on the topics of microsurgery techniques, hand injuries, brachial plexus, and facial re-animation.

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Facial Re-animation

Definition

Smiling and other facial expressions require an intact Facial Nerve on both sides of the face. Sometimes children are born without a facial nerve. More commonly, a child's facial nerve is damaged from an injury or during a surgical procedure such as tumor removal. This results in the inability of the child to show normal facial expression. Facial Re-animation is the term used for microsurgical techniques aimed at repairing the facial nerve and/or transplanting a muscle from the leg to the face.

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