What Is Facial
Reanimation Surgery?

Facial reanimation refers to a complex surgery(ies) to provide motion or “animation” to the face of a patient who has suffered facial paralysis. Facial reanimation surgery for NJ patients can achieve “reanimation” after just one highly specialized operation or may require procedures to be staged.

Facial Reanimation In Depth

by Monica Tadros, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Utilizing microsurgical techniques, a muscle from the inner thigh is transplanted to the affected side of the face, reconnecting nerves and blood vessels. The best facial plastic surgeon NYC, Dr. Monica Tadros specializes in Facial reanimation surgery for her patients in NY & NJ.

Dr. Tadros accepts most POS and PPO insurance in NYC & NJ for any medical issues as an out-of-network provider. Please contact us today or call NYC: (201) 408-5430 or NJ: (201) 408-5430.

How Does Facial Reanimation work?

Facial reanimation surgery is the process of surgically correcting facial paralysis; congenital or acquired through trauma or disease. Although there are conditions where facial paralysis has resolved over time, and normal form and function of facial features progressively restore themselves, therapy or surgical treatment is often needed to reanimate the face. Facial paralysis reanimation surgery primarily seeks to restore symmetry to the smile.

Associated procedures can also be performed to establish eyelid closure and to fill areas were affected muscle atrophy has occurred. In facial reanimation surgery, our reconstructive surgeon will attempt to rebalance the smile by restoring function in the paralyzed area.

In cases of partial or complete paralysis, functioning muscles may be moved into those regions with the goal of restoring balance and form.


Ideal Candidates

Good candidates for NJ facial reanimation surgery include those who are experiencing loss or alteration of voluntary movement and/or noticeable changes in one side of facial areas including:

  • Lips
  • Cheeks
  • Eyelids
  • Eyebrows
  • Forehead


Facial Reanimation Benefits

Facial reanimation procedure benefits for NJ patients include:

  • Facial expression that matches more closely from side to side
  • Fewer problems with dry eyes or extra tears because their eyelids can close tightly
  • Better ability to eat
  • Better ability to speak clearly
  • Better ability to smile, express their feelings through their face and interact with others



Dr. Tadros believes that the initial consultation for facial reanimation surgery in NYC & NJ is most important and should be done face-to-face with your facial plastic surgeon in New York. After listening closely and carefully to your concerns, Dr. Tadros is able to do a critical evaluation and make the correct recommendations to address your specific needs.

It is during the consultation that you both arrive at a mutual understanding and trust, which enables Dr. Tadros to tailor the treatment plan that is best suited to you – not somebody else.

Interested in learning more about facial reanimation surgery in NYC & NJ? Please call to speak to one of our Patient Advisors at NYC: (201) 408-5430 or NJ: (201) 408-5430. You may also schedule your no-obligation consultation today. Our office is conveniently located in Bergen County near 300 Grand Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631.