Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
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Center for Facial Paralysis Surgery & Functional Restoration

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6560 Fannin Street, Suite 800
Houston, TX 77030
713.441.6108

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Center for Facial Paralysis Surgery & Functional Restoration

Digastric Muscle Transfer

Digastric Muscle Transfer
Marginal Mandibular Branch

Production of a full smile requires both the elevation of the upper lip and a slight depression of the lower lip. Loss of this downward motion of the lower lip produces an uneven smile and loss of facial harmony.

Lower lip weakness usually results from division of the facial nerve (marginal mandibular branch) during a face lift or cancer surgery. In cases of isolated lower lip weakness one portion of the digastric muscle can be transferred to the lower lip to restore lip depression.

Learn about the facial paralysis doctor, Michael Klebuc, M.D

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