Causes of Facial Paralysis

Facial paralysis occurs when cranial nerve number 7, also known as the facial nerve, is injured. The facial nerve is responsible for several functions in the face, including stimulating:

  • The muscle responsible for motions in the face
  • The gland responsible for producing tears
  • The small muscle in the ear responsible for dampening certain noises
  • The taste gland in the tongue
  • Sensation in a small portion of the skin of the ear

Injury to the facial nerve may affect several aspects of the face depending on the degree and location of facial nerve injury. 

The common causes of facial paralysis include: 

Our facial paralysis specialists offer treatments for all areas of the face, as well as associated conditions.