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Is there such thing as muscle implant or rebuilding, specifically for the face that lack muscles capable in creating facial expressions?

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Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Plastic Surgery 56 years experience
Yes: These are complicated surgeries and must be individualized, see a board certified plastic surgeon.
Dr. Jason Bloom
Facial Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Facial Reanimation: There may not be an "implant" per se, but facial plastic & reconstructive surgeons perform many procedures to reanimate a paralyses face. This can be as small as a gold weight to help close a paralyzed eye, to temporalis muscle transfers and facial slings to even out a paralyzed face when smiling, and gracilis muscle free tissue transfers which and be reinervated with nerve grafting.
Dr. James Sidman
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: There are some very sophisticated methods to make a paralyzed face move again. This is called facial reanimation. See a facial plastic surgeon, or general plastic surgeon who specializes in this.
Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Hand Surgery 49 years experience
Face transplant: Sadly, our methods of transplanting individual muscles are primitive at best. There are too many muscles involved in expression to expect transplanting a few to create anything resembling normal expression.

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