Our goal is to help you look your best and restore your sense of self.
Whether to reverse the aging process, reconstruct after skin cancer surgery, or restore movement after suffering facial paralysis, facial plastic surgery can greatly improve your confidence and self-esteem. When you choose to take this step towards healing, you'll want the care and expertise of a skilled, board-certified and highly experienced team. At Columbia, our nationally recognized Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons are passionate about helping you achieve your aesthetic and functional goals. The following programs are tailored to help along your journey.
Facial Paralysis / Facial Nerve Program: Facial expressions are essential for conveying our emotions and crucial for effective communication at work and with those we love. Injuries (tumor / trauma) or dysfunction (Bell’s Palsy) of the facial nerve can have devastating effects not only on our ability to communicate, but also on physical appearance, and our self-image. The facial rehabilitation program helps patients re-learn to use their facial muscles after injury to their facial nerve. We use a variety of tools to evaluate and assess each patient, and craft individualized treatment programs. A combination of therapeutic techniques is used to address each person’s movement patterns and retrain their brain to create more effective patterns of expression. Our team is a multidisciplinary group of facial plastic surgeons, occupational therapists, physiatrists (rehabilitation medicine doctors), neurosurgeons, and psychologists dedicated to improving the facial function of our patients. Our team of trained professionals are extremely knowledgeable in all muscles of the face, the uniqueness of the facial nerve, and the challenges that accompany facial nerve paralysis.
Some of the conditions we treat include:
- Acoustic neuroma
- Bell’s palsy
- Congenital facial paralysis
- Facial Spasm
- Lyme disease
- Prior surgeries (cancer, salivary gland, or ear) resulting in facial nerve damage
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome
- Trauma (skull fractures, facial lacerations)