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Facial paralysis can lead to noticeable asymmetry in the face, with one side drooping while the other remains taut. To address this, Dr. DeVictor offers static sling, also known as static suspension, to elevate the sagging side of the face, restoring balance and symmetry.

Restore Facial
Symmetry & Expressions

Static sling is a surgical procedure that addresses the effects of facial paralysis. When facial paralysis occurs, typically due to nerve damage or injury, one side of the face loses its natural muscle tone and the ability to move, resulting in a noticeable droop. This can be emotionally distressing and impact basic functions like speaking, eating, and facial expressions. Static sling surgery restores symmetry and function to the affected side of the face.

During a static sling procedure, Dr. DeVictor uses fascia lata from the thigh to support and elevate the affected facial muscles and tissues. He strategically sutures the fascia lata underneath the skin, starting at the corner of the mouth, to recreate the natural contours of the face and to provide a more balanced appearance. The fascia lata is then attached at the temple to keep the mouth lifted even while at rest.

Static Sling Corrects:

  • Facial paralysis-induced drooping
  • Loss of muscle tone on one side of the face
  • Asymmetry in facial appearance
  • Difficulty speaking, chewing, smiling, or conveying expressions
  • Difficulty blinking and keeping the eyes closed, leading to dry, watery, or itchy eyes

Recovery After Static Sling

In the first few days following your static sling surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the surgical sites, including the face and thighs. Dr. DeVictor will prescribe pain medication to manage any pain. It’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions meticulously to support a smooth recovery.

You can stand and walk immediately after the procedure, but strenuous activities should be avoided for two to three weeks. You must also wear compression garments on the legs to alleviate pain and swelling. You may also have a drain attached to the facial incision to remove fluids, which will be removed during the follow-up session.

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Static Sling FAQs

Is static sling surgery permanent?

Static sling surgery is not considered a permanent solution. Over time, the fascia lata used in the procedure may stretch, leading to a recurrence of facial drooping. However, the effects of static sling surgery can last for several years before any noticeable changes occur.

Are there any risks associated with static sling surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, static sling surgery carries some risks. These may include excessive bleeding, adverse response to anesthesia, infection, and scarring. However, skilled surgeons like Dr. DeVictor can minimize these risks and ensure a safe procedure.

Are there non-surgical alternatives to static sling surgery for facial paralysis?

Non-surgical alternatives for addressing facial paralysis may include facial exercises, physical therapy, and the use of injectables like Botox to improve facial symmetry temporarily. However, these alternatives may not provide the same long-term results as static sling surgery.

How long does the recovery process typically take?

The recovery period after static sling surgery can vary from person to person, but most individuals can expect noticeable improvements within a few days. Full recovery may take several months, with results lasting for several years.

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With Dr. DeVictor

Dr. DeVictor is a renowned specialist with board certification in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and expertise in facial reconstructive surgery. As a fellowship-trained AO Craniomaxillofacial surgeon, Dr. DeVictor is dedicated to providing exceptional care for patients seeking static sling surgery. If you’re considering this procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. DeVictor to explore the possibilities of facial symmetry restoration.

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