Facial Paralysis due to tumor removal, trauma or congenital issues, results in the affected side of the face not moving normally. The underlying problem is damage or maldevelopment of the facial nerve or the facial muscles themselves. The subtleness, elegance and naturalness of facial movement can be approximated but never reproduced, given the limits of surgical correction today. In the future,biotechnology will provide new approaches to surgical correction that may enable individuals to achieve effortless, coordinated facial movement. However, today’s techniques involve a combination of static procedures, eyelid weights, nerve and muscle transfers and cosmetic procedures to improve both facial form and function.
Dr. Yellin focuses on treating patients with acquired facial paralysis. The best techniques for each patient are determined based on the areas of the face affected, the underlying cause of the paralysis, the length of time the paralysis has been present, as well as the general health and aesthetic and functional goals of the individual being treated.