Facial Palsy and Facial Reanimation

Facial palsy affects the lives of approximately 100,000 people in the UK. Causes of facial palsy vary from tumours, trauma, infections, and it can even be present at birth. As well as the functional implications of being unable to voluntarily close the affected eye, eat or drink without dribbling or make facial expressions, the condition results in psychological issues (anxiety/ depression) as well as social withdrawal. Treatments are of limited benefit, and attempts to develop new therapies are hampered by a lack of methods to objectively and accurately measure the degree of facial disability.

We are developing novel methods to non-invasively measure and monitor facial muscle activity with the aim of helping patients with their rehabilitation.