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The Methodist Hospital Institute for Reconstructive Surgery
6560 Fannin Street, Suite 800
Houston, TX 77030
Masseter Muscle Transfers
Local muscle transfers can be utilized to support the corner of the mouth and to re-establish some degree of active smiling. They are indicated for treating individuals whose facial paralysis is associated with damage of the facial muscles. Segments of the chewing muscles on the side of the facial nerve paralysis can be rerouted and attached to the corner of the mouth.
Practice is essential to achieving a natural efficient smile. Over time, highly motivated individuals may even learn to smile without biting down.