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January 2001

Static Reanimation of the Paralyzed Face With an Acellular Dermal Allograft Sling

Author Affiliations

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.

 

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.

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2001;3(1):55-57. doi:

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).

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