The facial nerve is perhaps the most important nerve system when it comes to function. The facial nerve is responsible for all movement of the face. A damaged nerve at the origin in the brainstem leads to paralysis of the entire left or right side of the face. Find out more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for facial nerve disorders.
Facial Nerve Laceration and its Repair
CN7 Facial Nerve Damage
Show less Nerve damage can occur because of autoimmune diseases, motor neuron diseases, cancer, infection, or diabetes. It can also be caused by acute or progressive injuries, or nutritional deficiencies. Treatments will vary depending upon if the nerve was compressed, partially injured, or entirely severed. To repair nerve damage, it's important that you talk to your doctor so they can determine how severe the damage is and recommend the best treatments. If you have minor nerve damage, the nerve should be able to repair itself over time.
How Microsurgery can Repair Damaged Facial Nerves
Julia K. Terzis, Elliot H. Rose, Ralph Manktelow, Robert L. Terzis: Facial nerve injury is something feared by every aesthetic surgeon who performs face lifts. Although most such injuries are transient, some are not.
In some cases of facial palsy, the facial nerve can recover, but this very much depends on the cause of the facial paralysis. Complete recovery cannot be guaranteed. When a baby is born with facial palsy congenital facial palsy this is usually due to underdevelopment of the facial nerves or muscles, which can be mild or severe. Alternatively it may be one of many symptoms associated with rare genetic syndromes. Facial palsy can occur during delivery often due to pressure or trauma to the facial nerve.