smile surgery

smile surgery

A popular term for surgery that corrects the unilateral facial drooping which occurs with facial nerve paralysis, which results in loss of contractility of the mimetic muscles on the affected side. Smile surgery takes two formats:
(1) Static (structural), in which the lips and related tissue are tightened, which improves the appearance and reduces some of the adverse effects of facial nerve paralysis; or
(2) Dynamic (functional), in which the facial nerve is repaired.
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Shilton and his wife, May, both of them former RCM presidents, assisted the giggling children and their overjoyed parents who saw the Operation Smile surgery as a life-changer.
The 33-year-old songwriter said that his smile surgery took more than a month to recover from and, after his eyelid surgery, I wasn't able to open his eyes for a week.
After the Degenhardts read about Thomas' smile surgery, they contacted Dr.