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Free Muscle Flap Before and After

Smile restoration is one of the many procedures offered at the Methodist Center for Bells Palsy, Facial Paralysis Surgery & Functional Restoration ( 
The patient in this video received Microneurovascular muscle transplantation (free muscle flap) which is a technique that involves transplanting an expendable segment of muscle and its associated nerve to the cheek for smile restoration. 
At Methodist Facial Paralysis we offer a large number of procedures for restoring position, tone and motion to the cheeks and lips. We will find the most fitting surgical procedure for each individual including:

1. Restoring the continuity of the facial nerve (microsurgical repair & nerve grafts)
2. Transferring nerve fibers from adjacent nerves to reinnervate the facial nerve (nerve transfers)
3. Replacing damaged or atrophied facial muscles (functional free muscle flaps & local muscle transfers)
4. Providing facial support without movement (static suspension)
5. Further enhancing facial appearance and balance (refinement procedures)

Contact us at (713) 441-6108 or visit us at to learn more about our Smile Restoration Procedures.