Facial paralysis occurs when a person is no longer able to move some or all of the muscles on one side of the face. Facial paralysis is almost always caused by:
- Damage or swelling of the facial nerve, which carries signals from the brain to the muscles of the face
- Damage to the area of the brain that sends signals to the muscles of the face
Damage can be caused by one of several diseases and conditions including:
- Bell’s palsy
- Tumors in or around the face such as acoustic neuromas
- Lyme disease
We are one of a handful of comprehensive facial paralysis centers west of the Mississippi. People with facial paralysis who have been told there is no effective treatment may benefit from new techniques to address their condition.