Facial paralysis is the loss of movement on one or both sides of your face because of a damaged facial nerve and/or facial muscles that don’t work properly. Facial paralysis can cause one side of your face to sag or spasm, or it can affect your ability to smile and show expression. It may result in drooling or difficulty closing your eyes, eating, and speaking.

Facial paralysis can occur at any time, both in childhood and adulthood. It can happen suddenly or gradually depending on the underlying cause. Some people regain movement with no treatment; however, the recovery may not be complete. Duke’s team of facial paralysis specialists evaluate your condition to determine the type and severity and recommend a personalized treatment plan. Our goals are to restore symmetry and movement to your face and to improve your quality of life.