About Facial Paralysis and the Facial Nerve Center

Dr. Tessa Hadlock with facial paralysis patient

Established in 1989, the Facial Nerve Center at Mass. Eye and Ear was one of the first centers to open and be solely dedicated to the treatment of facial paralysis. Located in Boston with a highly skilled, multidisciplinary staff, we offer a complete spectrum of medical and surgical procedures for facial nerve disorders to both children and adult patients.

Facial paralysis is the loss of facial movement due to nerve malfunction. It can appear suddenly or gradually develop over time, causing weakness, immobility, involuntary movement, or drooping of the facial muscles. Other symptoms associated with facial nerve disorders can include:

  • Difficulties with speech and eating
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Drooling
  • Inability to close the eye or blink on the paralyzed side
  • Inability to express emotion on the affected side
  • Inability to move or raise the eyebrow
  • Facial fatigue and pain

Here at the Facial Nerve Center, we treat patients with a variety of concerns and causes regarding their facial paralysis. We work closely with our patients to ensure a proper diagnosis is made and the appropriate treatment is provided.

Conditions we treat:

  • Bell’s palsy
  • Facial nerve tumors
  • Facial paralysis caused by Lyme disease or Ramsay Hunt syndrome
  • Facial paralysis from acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwannomas)
  • Facial paralysis from ear infections, ear disease, or head trauma
  • Facial paralysis from brain tumors or their treatment
  • Congenital facial paralysis, Mobius syndrome, Goldenhar syndrome
  • Facial paralysis from neurofibromatosis, vascular malformations, or parotid surgery
  • Unexpected facial paralysis after surgery in the head and neck area

If you are experiencing any of the listed symptoms or have any of the listed conditions, call the Facial Nerve Center at Mass. Eye and Ear today to make an appointment: 617-573-3641 or 1-877-9-SMILES

“Words don’t do it justice as to how transformative the Facial Nerve Center at Mass. Eye and Ear has been on my life. For the first time in 8 years since the onset of my Bell's palsy, I can smile again!"

-Linda S., Facial Nerve Center patient