A leading facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Bellevue, Dr. James M. Ridgway is highly skilled in the art and science of facial reanimation – a specialized set of procedures designed to surgically correct facial paralysis and restore natural movement to the face.

An Overview of Facial Paralysis

Facial paralysis is an extraordinarily challenging condition to treat. Not only does it address functional issues involving the delicate facial nerve, but there are also aesthetic concerns. As such, successfully treating the condition requires the care of a highly skilled surgeon with years of experience performing these types of procedures. A renowned leader in his field, facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. James M. Ridgway is deeply aware of the nuances and delicate nature of this procedure, and has achieved optimal results for countless facial paralysis patients. When performed correctly and with a high level of skill, facial reanimation procedures can:

  • Prevent complications involving the eyes.
  • Restore natural facial movement.
  • Restore a natural and vibrant smile.
  • Improve the appearance and symmetry of the face.


With an ability to treat the functional and aesthetic aspects of this condition, BOTOX is an extremely effective treatment for patients with Bell’s palsy, partial facial paralysis, and synkinesis. It works by relaxing the muscles affected by the injured facial nerve and preventing them from contracting. It also stops unwanted muscle movements that occur due to synkinesis. In many cases, BOTOX will be combined with physical therapy to ensure an optimal outcome.

Static Suspension

Static suspension is a procedure used to improve facial symmetry around the mouth for patients with facial paralysis and synkinesis. To perform this surgery, Dr. Ridgway will attach sutures or a tendon from your outer thigh to the corners of your mouth. It’s a cutting-edge treatment that can accomplish excellent results for patients who have not been able to achieve success through BOTOX and physical therapy.

Cosmetic Surgeries

In many cases, a brow lift, facelift, and/or eyelid surgery are needed for facial paralysis patients. These facial procedures can restore facial symmetry, correct involuntary eyelid closure, prevent complications to the eye, and give you back your harmonious and attractive appearance. Thanks to Dr. Ridgway’s expertise in among the best facial reanimation Bellevue has to offer and facial plastic surgery, he is able to perform the full range of procedures necessary to repair your injury and restore as much movement as possible to your face.

Nerve Graft and Muscle Transplant

A nerve graft is an ideal way to restore the ability to smile and move the face for many patients with long-term paralysis. To perform the procedure, Dr. Ridgway will attach nerve grafts from the lower leg and a muscle-free flap from the inner thigh to the facial nerve, restoring dynamic facial animation.

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Treatment Options

There is a wide range of treatment options available for facial paralysis. While your specific treatment plan will depend on the extent of your condition, as well as the underlying cause, here are the procedures that have proven to be effective ways of treating facial paralysis. In many cases, you will need a combination of these therapies to achieve an optimal outcome.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are suffering from facial paralysis, we encourage you to schedule a consultation for among the best facial reanimation Bellevue has to offer with Dr. James M. Ridgway. During your private meeting, he will carefully evaluate your injury before composing a custom treatment plan designed to restore natural and dynamic movement to your face.

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Schedule A Consultation

If you are ready to refresh and rejuvenate your look today, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of the best plastic surgeons Seattle has to offer: Dr. James M. Ridgway. During your private consultation Dr. Ridgway will carefully evaluate your face and the subtle imperfections that concern you most before providing you with a personalized blend of Bellevue cosmetic surgery procedures that will help you achieve your ideal facial appearance.

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