Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Center for Facial Paralysis Surgery & Functional Restoration

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The Methodist Hospital Institute for Reconstructive Surgery
6560 Fannin Street, Suite 800
Houston, TX 77030
713.441.6108

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Center for Facial Paralysis Surgery & Functional Restoration

Masseter Muscle Transfers

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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.

Masseter Muxcle transferThe period of hospitalization with the temporalis-masseter muscle transfer typically ranges from 24 to 72 hours. Patients are required to eat a soft diet for 4 weeks after surgery and avoid pressure on the operated side of the face. Exercise and heavy lifting are also limited.

Practice is essential to achieving a natural efficient smile. Over time, highly motivated individuals may even learn to smile without biting down.

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

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