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Dynamic muscle transfer in facial reanimation.

Authors
  • Boahene, Kofi D O
Type
Published Article
Journal
Facial plastic surgery : FPS
Publication Date
May 01, 2008
Volume
24
Issue
2
Pages
204–210
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1075835
PMID: 18470831
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Dynamic muscle transfers offer the hope of improved facial support and symmetry, with volitional movement. These are most commonly employed for reanimation of the oral commissure to produce a smile. In addition, muscle transfers have been used successfully to reestablish eye closure. Facial paralysis of long-standing duration presents challenges quite distinct from paralysis that is managed early after onset. It is in this situation, most commonly, that dynamic muscle transfers are used. In this respect, the alternative is free tissue transfer. Each of these two options have advantages and disadvantages.

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