From the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery,
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland. Dr Winslow is now with the Department
of Surgery, Section of Otolaryngology–Facial Plastic Surgery, Walter
Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Facial paralysis results in profound functional and cosmetic disabililities.
Early rehabilitation with nerve grafts is an excellent means of reanimating
the face but is not always possible. Dynamic rehabilitation may be precluded
by surgical disruption of the vascular supply or the intrinsic musculature.
In these instances, static rehabilitation affords an alternative means of
addressing the lower part of the face. Any synthetic foreign implant presents
a potential for infection and extrusion. We describe a case of a static sling
performed with acellular dermis (AlloDerm; LifeCell Corp, The Woodlands, Tex).
Winslow CP, Wang TD, Wax MK. Static Reanimation of the Paralyzed Face With an Acellular Dermal Allograft Sling. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2001;3(1):55-57. doi: