Facial Re-animation

The Pediatric Microsurgey and Facial Reanimation Program expertly cares for children with facial reanimation.

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.