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Twelve Year-Old Girl With Facial Paralysis Is Smiling Again After Cutting-Edge Facial Plastic Surgery
Date:6/9/2009

ed in restoring her smile muscles. As a result of the severity of her condition, the brave elementary school student underwent two cutting-edge procedures over a span of two years. During the first stage procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh performed what is called a cross-facial nerve graft, or a nerve transplant.

Once the first procedure had taken effect, about a year later, it was time for the second procedure, known as a gracilis free muscle graft, or muscle transplant. Knowing what to expect after her first surgery, Adyana was understandably anxious about her second procedure. But she and her family had complete faith in Dr. Azizzadeh and the final step to giving Adyana back her smile - once and for all - was an unqualified success.

Today, Adyana is a happy, well-adjusted and most importantly smiling third grader! She can now smile spontaneously and is a well-adjusted student leading a renewed life. And, thanks to a plastic surgeon who lived 3,000 miles away, Adyana can rest assured the next time she comes to Beverly Hills it will be as a tourist - not a patient!

About Dr. Babak Azizzadeh
Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is a Harvard-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon who specializes exclusively in the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, eyes and nose. He is the Director of The Facial Paralysis Institute and board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. His expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery has made him one of the most sought-after surgeons in the country. He has been featured in The Oprah Winfrey Show, The New York Times, People, Discovery Health, and numerous other media for his expertise in facial plastic surgery.

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