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The Facial Movement Program in the Department of Plastic Surgery at Children's Hospital Colorado treats kids with facial nerve disorders. Kids can be born with a facial nerve disorder or they can acquire it later in life from an accident or illness. Plastic surgeons at Children’s Colorado are dedicated to providing the best treatments with state-of-art equipment to kids, teens and young adults.
The facial nerve controls muscles in the face that express emotions like smiling, blinking or frowning. Without control of the facial nerve, muscles don’t function normally and may cause social problems. A child may not be able to smile on both sides of the face, or the eyelids may not be able to close.
Experts at Children’s Colorado’s Facial Movement Program treat facial nerve disorders with leading-edge microsurgical techniques to lessen scars and shorten recovery. Available treatments include:
Treatment is directed by a group of plastic surgeons who are focused and specialty-trained to treat pediatric patients with facial abnormalities and concerns.
Our doctors are regionally and nationally recognized as experts in microvascular surgery, particularly in treating kids with facial palsy.
Patients and families benefit from access to other pediatric specialists during pre-operative evaluation and post-operative recovery, including neurologists and specialists in rehabilitative medicine.