Transparent Artificial Muscle for Facial Reanimation
Researchers at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences recently released an article detailing their advances in developing a transparent artificial muscle. This artificial muscle has the potential to serve a multitude of purposes. Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, the founder of the Facial Paralysis Institute in Los Angeles, is excited about the potential this development may have in the field of facial reanimation.
Facial Reanimation for Permanent Facial Paralysis
There is still quite a bit of research and development that needs to be done before the new artificial muscle is ready for use in medicine, but Dr. Azizzadeh feels this biocompatible, gel-based device may be groundbreaking in many medical disciplines, particularly the field of facial paralysis treatment.
The transparent artificial muscle may be useful in helping patients achieve facial reanimation with surgery such as the cross facial nerve graft. Cross facial nerve graft is a surgery usually performed with gracilis muscle free flap surgery, in which a portion of the gracilis muscle of the thigh is harvested, then connected to the cross facial nerve graft. The goal is to restore spontaneous facial movement in patients with permanent facial paralysis.
The transparent artificial muscle could one day be used instead of the gracilis muscle from the thigh. Using the artificial muscle would make the cross facial nerve graft a one-step procedure and eliminate the need to harvest muscle from the thigh. Not only would this option save time but, more importantly, it would reduce the trauma to the patient and speed up recovery time.
Facial Paralysis Surgery
Dr. Azizzadeh currently performs surgeries like the cross facial nerve graft and gracilis muscle free flap on patients who have lived with facial paralysis for two or more years. These patients who wish to restore dynamic facial movement may be candidates for surgery. The gracilis muscle free flap has proven to be a very effective procedure for reanimating the facial nerves and muscles. Dr. Azizzadeh and his team are among the best in the country and have performed countless successful facial paralysis procedures. Contact his office today to schedule a consultation.
Contact the Facial Paralysis Institute Today for More Information
If you or someone you know is living with permanent facial paralysis, surgery may be an option for regaining facial movement. To learn more about the facial paralysis treatments offered at the Facial Paralysis Institute, and/or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, contact our office at (310) 657-2203. Dr. Azizzadeh strives to give every patient the ability to smile again and he would love to meet with you to discuss your treatment options.
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