NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A smile may be worth a thousand words, but for those who are incapable of this simple act of pleasure, it is worth far more. Sufferers of facial paralysis, a condition that alters normal motions of expression, understand the toll a loss of facial animation can have on one's happiness, wellbeing and livelihood. Whether the result of a stroke, Bell's Palsy, traumatic injury, or a tumor, victims of this unfortunate and often permanent condition undergo extensive and complex physical alteration of facial features, affecting both form and function. These effects can include difficulty or inability to smile, difficulty or inability to close the eyelid, drooping of one side of the mouth and/or depression of the brows.
For more than 65 years Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, the largest and longest running private academic plastic surgical practice in the nation, has been leading the charge in providing patients with effective surgery options for the treatment of facial paralysis. Dynamic restoration, a procedure that seeks to bring mobility to paralyzed regions of the face by utilizing muscles from other facial areas, is one of the most consistent approaches used in helping patients to smile again. Practice President and Director of LIPSG's Center for Facial Paralysis, Roger L. Simpson, MD, MBA, FACS, has dedicated much of his career to researching and learning such facial reanimation techniques, and is one of few doctors to provide the complicated service.
"The ability to express emotion, whether its feelings of happiness, sadness or otherwise, is in many ways what defines us as human beings," began Simpson. "As surgeons we understand the physical challenges native to paralysis, but as people we connect with the sense of loss a condition of this form can cause for certain patients emotionally. We have seen what restoring dynamic motion to an individual's face can do for their confidence, and that is something that extends beyond physical repair."
Although facial paralysis remains a troubling condition for patients to confront, Dr. Simpson is paving the way for recovery, in more ways than one. For more information, visit http://www.facialreanimationcenter.com/
About Long Island Plastic Surgical Group
For 65 years, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group has been dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care, while pioneering and performing the most advanced reconstructive and cosmetic surgical procedures. As the largest and longest running private academic plastic surgical practice in the nation, LIPSG surgeons have over 250 years combined experience as leaders and innovators in the field. The size of the practice and diversity of expertise is reflected in its 9 specialty centers: Skin Care and Age Management; Non-invasive and Surgical Facial Rejuvenation; Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery; Facial Reanimation and Peripheral Nerve Repair; Microsurgery and Hand Reconstruction; Breast and Body Cosmetic Surgery; Burns and Complex Wound Management; Breast Reconstruction Surgery; Post-Weight Loss Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery. LIPSG has 7 office locations: Garden City, Babylon, Manhattan, Manhasset, Flushing, Huntington, and Lynbrook. For more information about LIPSG, visit www.lipsg.com
SOURCE Long Island Plastic Surgical Group