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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, 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, Dr. Kalpesh Vakharia treats the loss of facial function using a combination of neuromodulators (Botox), facial fillers and/or surgery.
In order to achieve the best possible outcomes, Dr. Vakharia often refers 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


Bee seen within 1 week. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Vakharia within a week or for more information, call 667-214-1772.


Facial paralysis evaluation and treatment is available at our Columbia office:

  • Howard County
    University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc. – Columbia
    5890 Waterloo Road
    Columbia, MD 21045

Meet Our Expert

Kalpesh Vakharia, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Board Certification: Facial Plastic Surgery; Head & Neck Surgery