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The Facial Reanimation Program at Boston Children's Hospital is made up of an expert team of professionals dedicated to the care of children with facial nerve problems.
We treat all aspects of facial nerve paralysis and paresis, including those due to congenital and traumatic conditions, palsy after tumor removal and Moebius syndrome.
The facial nerve controls expressions such as smiling, blinking and frowning.
Here at Boston Children's Hospital, our experienced, compassionate team of physicians understands that lack of facial expression or facial muscle tone can cause a variety of functional and social problems for your child.
That's why we make it our business to offer the latest and best treatments — so that your child can live a happy and healthy life.
Boston Children's Facial Reanimation Program is focused on fixing your child's facial nerve problems. Here's how we do it:
The facial nerve exits the skull behind the ear and penetrates the parotid gland within the cheek. There, it splits into multiple branches that control a specific set of facial muscles. The activity of the nerve controls facial expressions such as smiling, blinking and frowning.
Facial nerve palsy can be congenital or acquired.
Lack of facial expression or facial muscle tone can cause a variety of functional and social problems:
Most commonly, it affects the eye and the mouth.
If the eyelid cannot close, the eye is more prone to injury such as corneal abrasions or scratches.
Sucking and chewing can be difficult and drooling may occur.
The child may not be able to smile on one side, and this can cause significant psychological distress.
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