- Prof. Jonathan Clark
- Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Special Issue Introduction
Facial paralysis is associated with significant functional, aesthetic, and social morbidity. There is tremendous variation in the underlying etiology ranging from children with Moebius syndrome, to Bells palsy, trauma, iatrogenic injury, and neoplastic conditions affecting the facial nerve. The goals of facial reanimation vary widely depending on the underlying etiology, prospects of recovery, prognosis of the patient and branches of the facial nerve affected. This special issue focuses on new techniques and approaches to the management of facial paralysis and synkinesis, and the broader philosophies underlying how and when each component of the facial palsy is addressed. This special issue also explores translational research on the topics of implantable bionics, custom devices, smart electromaterials and laboratory experiments as they are applied to the facial nerve. Facial reanimation continues to be a highly challenging field with numerous options depending on institutional expertise, personal experience and emerging technology.
KeywordsFacial reanimation, synkinesis, facial paresis, facial paralysis, facial palsy, free muscle flaps, nerve grafts, implantable bionics, implantable devices, electromaterials, facial nerve
Submission Deadline15 Oct 2020