Renowned Facial Paralysis Surgeon Presents Lecture at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fall Meeting

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Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, Director of the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, addressed the issue of gracilis free flap versus dynamic reconstruction for facial rehabilitation at AAFPRS Fall Meeting.

Babak Azizzadeh MD
This meeting is wonderful opportunity to collaborate with colleagues on the latest advancements in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons from around the country convened this October in New Orleans at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s 2013 Fall Meeting. This meeting is an opportunity for facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons to share ideas, discuss new innovations in the field, and learn from one another. Facial paralysis expert Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, the Director of the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills, presented several lectures over the weekend.

“This meeting is wonderful opportunity to collaborate with colleagues on the latest advancements in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. I always enjoy presenting lectures on topics that play a major role in my everyday practice, particularly facial reanimation,” said Dr. Azizzadeh.

Dr. Azizzadeh presented a lecture on the important issue of facial reanimation in patients with facial paralysis. A facial paralysis and facial nerve expert, Dr. Azizzadeh spoke on a debated issue within the field: “Facial Rehabilitation: Gracilis vs. Dynamic Reconstruction.”

“Facial rehabilitation surgery is always complex, making it especially important to collaborate with one another on the best, most effective surgical techniques. This AAFPRS fall meeting gave me the opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences on the facial reanimation debate,” said Dr. Azizzadeh.

Dr. Azizzadeh is known for his expertise in facial reanimation and facial nerve surgery. When a patient presents with permanent facial paralysis that has not improved with non-invasive treatment such as physical therapy, there are a variety of reanimation procedures that he may recommend.

Gracilis free flap surgery is one of the most widely used procedures for facial reanimation, but depending on the individual case, there are other procedures such as the masseter facial nerve transfer and temporalis tendon transfer that may be the best option. Every patient is unique, so it will depend on the individual,” explained Dr. Azizzadeh.

Since his extensive and prestigious training at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Azizzadeh has helped hundreds of people with varying degrees of facial paralysis. Dr. Azizzadeh is the director of the Facial Paralysis Institute and one of the leading figures in the field of Facial Nerve Paralysis. Dr. Azizzadeh has been recognized for his work on several occasions, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and countless other media outlets.

Dr. Azizzadeh is trained in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Head & Neck Surgery, giving him a distinctive insight into facial nerve function and facial aesthetics. Dr. Azizzadeh also has extensive training in microsurgical facial reconstruction, which is often required for the treatment of people who are born with facial paralysis.

For more information, contact the Facial Paralysis Institute at (310) 657-2203.

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