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One of the devastating side effects of head, neck or brain cancers can be facial palsy or facial paralysis. This can occur for a myriad of reasons but is usually indicated from facial nerve damage. When a patient recovering from head or neck cancer is left with facial paralysis, there are options to restore improved muscle movement and facial appearance. Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, is one of the leading facial reconstructive surgeons who offer advanced treatments for facial palsy caused by cancer or tumors.

Facial palsy from head or neck cancer usually occurs for one of two reasons. The first is when the facial nerves are damaged from compression by the cancerous growth. In this case, symptoms of facial palsy may slowly appear, most commonly in the lower facial region. The second reason is due to damage during cancer surgery. The facial nerve can be severed or damaged when tumors or other cancerous tissue is removed, resulting in facial paralysis.

Treatments for Facial Paralysis Caused by Cancer

The treatment needed for facial paralysis from head or neck cancer depends on what has caused the nerve damage. In some cases, once the cancer or tumor is removed, the facial nerve can heal and regain function. However, if permanent damage was inflicted, surgery may be required to reanimate the muscles and restore nerve function. Each case is unique, but some of the possible options to improve functional and appearance issues associated with facial palsy include:

  • Nerve grafting or transfer
  • Gracilis muscle transfer
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Botox injections

If you have facial palsy that was caused by neck or head cancer, there may be options to restore higher function to the facial muscles and improve your appearance. Contact Dr. Rosenberg to discuss the treatment options that are available in your circumstance. You may be able to restore your smile and facial expressions with advanced treatment options at his offices in NYC and Upper East Side.

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Our Patient Reviews

Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 11 reviews

Tonio Jennifer

Knowledgeable Doctor, great staff...somehow Dr Rosenberg makes you feel that no matter the odds he will come thru for you and with me he did so many times

Karmita Avila

I haven't the opportunity to meet the doctor yet, I have an appointment. I was referred by an ENT doctor in NJ, Dr. Douglas Leventhal, nice, young, excellent bed manners. Unfortunately he does not reconstruction nasal perforation, but he was very interested in helping me, and he referred me to a colleague in NY, and asked me wait a call from them, otherwise to call him back if they didn't contact me. Thanks GOD, they are very efficient and received, today two calls , I finally got to talk to Evelyn, very kind, and patient, gave me the appointment, I hope that my present health problem due to bad medical practice years ago, Dr. Rossenberg, can reconstruct my septum. I thank you from deep of my heart.

Nada Alkhawam

I want to thank DR. Rosenberg for his time and he’s amazing staff,he did a wonderful job operating on my face moving the cyst last Tuesday , I couldn’t believe my self the way he operates berly any brosis, he’s amazing surgeon , and he’s staff especially Ann& daina they are on top everything sweetheart they answered all my questions, with friendly since humor, I’m so lucky to have him As surgeon

Theresa Norris

Excellent surgeon supported by caring medical team members. Highly recommend.

Jan Wong

Dr. Rosenberg and his staff are thoughtful, caring and made me feel at ease during my procedure and at my follow up visits. Highly competent and friendly staff. Definitely recommend.

Sue Bee

An excellent Doctor who is kind and compassionate. He genuinely cares about his patients and their well-being.

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Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.
234 East 85th Street, 4th Floor
New York NY 10028

(212) 241-9410

Opening hours:
Monday & Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.
2052 Richmond Road
Staten Island NY 10306

(718) 420-1279

Opening hours:
Monday & Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM