Seeking advice/help

Hey I'm new here and I suffer from facial palsy. This was brought on when I was born with cystic hygroma in my neck, in order to remove the majority of this, my facial nerve needed to be cut.

In 2013 I underwent surgery to help gain the smile back on my face. This involved the doctors taking a muscle from my inner thigh and placing it in my face.

Since the surgery, I've been very down (more so recently) about the results of the surgery. I feel that the surgery has made me look less symmetrical due to both the swelling combated with the cystic hygroma still around my neck and jawline. In addition to this my nose and smile are still squint and the surgery has not done a lot to correct this, which I thought it might.

Since looking into it I've seen many more options, that I did not know were available to me at the time of having the operation, such as face lifts to make you more symmetrical, and I just want some advice really on what to do as I am wondering if something can be done to not reverse but maybe correct it to a way that I am happy?

I am very grateful for all the effort and work that was put into the surgery but I know I'm not happy with what has been done. I almost feel bad for saying it, but I can't help how I feel.

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  • Don't feel bad about saying how you feel.

    You could go back to your original surgeon and discuss the results, or seek a second opinion.

    If you would like to send a message to support@facialpalsy.org.uk to let me know where you are in the UK, I can help you to find a clinic near to you.

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