At University of Maryland Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer the full spectrum of care to patients with facial paralysis caused by stroke, trauma, tumors that press on the facial nerve, diseases that affect the facial muscles, damage to the facial nerves (Bell's palsy), or infections that may cause temporary or permanent nerve dysfunction (Guillain-Barré syndrome, Ramsay Hunt syndrome, Lyme disease, herpes simplex or herpes zoster).

Innovative Treatments

The treatments offered to each patient depends on the underlying cause of the paralysis. In addition to implementing medication or surgery when needed, our physicians treat the loss of facial function using a combination of neuromodulators (Botox), facial fillers and/or surgery.

In order to achieve the best possible outcomes, our experts often refer patients to a facial paralysis physical therapist whose techniques complement the treatments he offers, including:

  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Fascial manipulation
  • Cranio-Sacral techniques
  • Dry needling
  • Ultrasound assessment
  • Biofeedback
  • Extensive individualized home programs

Modified Selective Neurectomy

We now offer Modified Selective Neurectomy, an innovative, minimally invasive treatment done in-office to help restore facial function and improve one's smile after facial paralysis.

Learn more about Modified Selective Neurectomy.


Be seen within 2-3 weeks. To schedule a consultation or for more information, call 667-214-1772.


  • Baltimore City
    University of Maryland Professional Building
    419 W. Redwood Street, Suite 370
    Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Howard County
    University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc. – Columbia
    5900 Waterloo Road, Suite 250
    Columbia, MD 21045

Meet Our Experts

Kalpesh Tarun Vakharia, MD

Kalpesh Tarun Vakharia, MD

Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery; Chief, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; Director, Facial Nerve Center

Natalie Justicz, MD

Natalie Justicz, MD

Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine

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