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smile surgery

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Before and after surgery to correct unilateral facial drooping


A popular term for surgery performed to correct the unilateral facial drooping caused by facial nerve paralysis (popularly known as Bell’s palsy), which results in loss of contractility of the mimetic muscles on the affected side.

Smile surgery (SS) takes two formats:

(1) Static (structural), in which the lips and related tissue are tightened, which improves the appearance and reduces some of the adverse effects of facial nerve paralysis

(2) Dynamic (functional), in which the facial nerve is repaired to allow contraction of mimetic muscles. 

Synonym Smile reconstruction


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