Treatment of Facial Paralysis Sat, Sep 29 7:00-9:00 a.m.

This course will review the options for facial reanimation – specifically the restoration of smile – for patients affected by conditions leading to paralysis. Given the breadth of this topic, effort will be made to summarize treatment options for reinnervation by nerve transfers/grafts for patients with short and intermediate term facial function loss. For those with congenital or long-standing paralysis, the techniques of regional muscle transfer and free muscle transfer will be discussed.

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how timing affects treatment decision making relative to functional loss onset
  2. Appreciate the technical aspects of the procedure that lead to normalized facial movement
  3. Understand the limitations of each type of procedure
  4. Utilize the information presented to make proper selections for individual patient circumstances.

Accreditation: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: The ASPS designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.