Facial Reanimation by the Labbé Technique

This procedure was developed by Dr. Daniel Labbé in France and is relatively new to the UK. Also known as the Lengthening Temporalis Myoplasty - as the temporalis muscle (a fan-shaped muscle on the temple) is used.

The aim of the surgery is to improve facial symmetry both at rest and when smiling by lengthening and transferring a muscle that usually moves the jawbone.

Why you might need facial reanimation

If the patient has flaccid paralysis and finds it difficult to smile, as well as other expressions, facial reanimation by the Labbe Technique should be considered. Those with facial palsy, with one affected side, are suitable candidates for the surgery in search of facial symmetry.

What are the benefits of facial reanimation?

For the people living with flaccid paralysis, facial symmetry can seem a distant dream. Not only can this affect how a person can express themselves, but it can also hamper how and what they eat by only using one side of their jaw. 

Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved usage of facial muscles
  • Better facial symmetry
  • The ability to smile and more usage of jawbone

What does facial denomination by the Labbe Technique involve?

The operation involves a scar over the top of your head which is usually hidden by your hair. There is also a scar in line with the crease between the lower corner of the nose and the corner of the mouth.

The temporalis muscle on the side of the head which controls the movement of the jawbone is lengthened and transferred, via a segment of cheekbone which is temporarily detached and replaced.

Recovery time

There may be some pain initially after surgery. Any pain will usually be well controlled with painkillers. Different parts of your body heal at different rates, and you may require painkillers on discharge until you feel comfortable.

Swelling of your face will be bruised and tender, particularly on the paralysed side and around the lip. Much of the swelling will have gone down two weeks after surgery, although swelling can last for up to six weeks.

Chewing may feel a little uncomfortable for the first couple of weeks, so a soft diet is recommended. Once all of the drains have been removed, you will usually be able to wash your hair and return home.

Treatment Cost

Treatment costs will vary according to your unique needs. The full pricing options will be discussed with you during your initial consultation.

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