Dr. Tofiq Hakimuddin Bohra: A Leading Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon for Facial Reanimation Surgery.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 23: Facial reanimation sometimes also called Smile Surgery is a surgical procedure that aims to restore the movement and symmetry of the facial muscles in patients with Facial Paralysis / Bell’s Palsy. Facial paralysis can occur due to various reasons, such as facial nerve injury, stroke, brain tumor, tumors in the Face or infection. The loss of facial expression can cause significant psychological distress and functional impairment. Facial reanimation can help improve the quality of life of patients by restoring facial function and aesthetics. In this blog, we will discuss the various techniques used for facial reanimation.
Facial reanimation surgery requires the expertise of a skilled Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, and Dr. Tofiq Bohra is one such practitioner who has dedicated his career to this field. With over more than 12 years of experience in Maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Tofiq has a vast range of expertise in various surgical procedures, including Cleft and Craniofacial Plastic surgery, Orthognathic surgery, TMJ Arthroscopy & Total TMJ Replacement Surgery and Facial cosmetic Surgery.
Dr. Tofiq Bohra is known for his outstanding work in the field of facial paralysis surgery and has helped numerous patients with facial reanimation surgery. Dr. Bohra’s body of work in the field of Facial Reanimation is not restricted to India but has benefited patients all over the Globe. Dr. Tofiq Bohra considers Facial Reanimation Surgery as a mixture of Art & Science to give the patient with Facial Paralysis / Bell’s Palsy one more chance to explore the world in a more acceptable social scenario. After completing his post-graduation in Maxillofacial Surgery, he worked in Head & Neck Oncology with Reconstruction at Nanavati Hospital for a year. He then worked in BSES Hospital for two years, specializing in cleft and craniofacial plastic surgery, and was awarded a fellowship for the same from CCI, Zurich, Switzerland.
Dr. Tofiq Bohra’s expertise in the field of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) minimally invasive surgery, open and total TM joint replacement surgery, is exemplary. He underwent prestigious fellowship training in this field from the University of Maryland, USA. He is among the few surgeons who perform keyhole surgery for TMJ, which is a minimally invasive technique that results in reduced pain, minimal blood loss, and a shorter recovery period for patients.
Dr. Tofiq Bohra’s patients have highly appreciated his skills and expertise in facial reanimation surgery. His extensive knowledge and surgical skills have helped many patients with facial paralysis regain facial symmetry and function. He is highly regarded as the best facial reanimation surgeon, and his patients speak highly of his meticulous attention to detail, compassionate care, and excellent surgical outcomes.
Facial Reanimation Techniques:
•Nerve Grafting: In cases of facial nerve injury or trauma, nerve grafting is a common technique used for facial reanimation. In this technique, a healthy nerve is taken from another part of the body and grafted onto the damaged facial nerve. The healthy nerve provides a new pathway for nerve impulses to reach the muscles of the face, thereby restoring facial movement.
•Muscle Transplantation: In cases where the facial nerve and muscles are severely damaged, muscle transplantation is a technique used for facial reanimation. In this technique, a muscle from another part of the body, usually the thigh or abdomen, is transplanted into the face. The transplanted muscle is then connected to the nerve supply of the face, restoring facial movement.
•Free Tissue Transfer: Free tissue transfer is a technique used when a large area of the face is damaged or missing due to trauma or tumor removal. In this technique, healthy tissue, usually from the back or abdomen, is transplanted into the face. The transplanted tissue is then shaped to form the missing part of the face, restoring facial aesthetics.
•Eye Lid Titanium Weights: Patients with Facial Paralysis / Bell’s Palsy are incapable of Closing their eyelid which contributes to uneven upper Eyelid appearance. Weight in the upper eyelid achieves the required symmetry in the eyelids and adds to the Symmetry of the overall Face.
•Botulinum Toxin Injections: Botulinum toxin injections are a non-surgical technique used for facial reanimation in patients with facial nerve paralysis. Botulinum toxin, also known as Botox, is injected into the paralyzed muscles of the face to reduce muscle spasms and improve facial symmetry.
Benefits and Risks of Facial Reanimation:
Facial reanimation can provide numerous benefits to patients, including improved facial symmetry, better speech, and improved ability to eat and drink. It can also improve the patient’s self-esteem and overall quality of life. However, like all surgical procedures, facial reanimation does carry some risks, such as infection, bleeding, Relapse and nerve damage. Patients should discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure with their surgeon before deciding to undergo the surgery. Patients should have realistic expectations regarding the surgery as it would improve the facial Profile and symmetry but not make the face exactly as it was before the paralysis, however, it would make a significant difference in the animation of the Face.
Recovery after Facial Reanimation:
The recovery period after facial reanimation varies depending on the technique used and the extent of the surgery. In general, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort after the surgery. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage the discomfort. Patients may also need to wear a facial sling or bandage to support the healing tissues. It may take several weeks or months for the full effects of the surgery to be visible.
Dr. Tofiq Bohra is a highly skilled maxillofacial surgeon who has dedicated his career to the field of facial reanimation surgery. His vast experience and expertise in various surgical procedures, including TMJ surgery, cleft and craniofacial plastic surgery, and facial cosmetics, have made him a sought-after surgeon in Mumbai. His patients highly appreciate his meticulous attention to detail, compassionate care, and excellent surgical outcomes, which have helped them regain facial symmetry and function.
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