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Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Research

Our projects range from clinical research studies that look at the effectiveness of certain kinds of therapy, to basic science projects that examine nerve regeneration in laboratory models.

Research Summary

Research is an ever-changing and evolving aspect of what we do and we are constantly adding to our research repertoire. Some of our current research thrusts are listed below.

  • Studies on the effects of nasal anatomy on obstructive sleep apnea and snoring
  • Development of quantitative outcomes in functional rhinoplasty and in the management of facial paralysis
  • Studies on the use of intraoperative imaging with modern, portable CT scanners to perform less invasive, more accurate repair of maxillofacial trauma injuries
  • Basic science and genetics of vascular anomalies, especially port-wine stains
  • Laser/tissue interaction and 3D imaging systems for the differentiation of normal and abnormal skin tissues
  • Monitoring response of benign cutaneous vascular tumors to laser treatment
  • Evaluating non-invasive techniques for measuring cutaneous blood flow to be applied to the measurement of vasoactive drug responses in peripheral vascular disease
  • Treatment and prevention of facial flushing, hypertrophic scars and leg ulcers
  • Investigations related to optimizing the delivery of high quality, cost-effective surgical care in resource-poor settings
  • Supporting medical education through an innovative teaching model

Our Investigators

This team of investigators are involved in all aspects of research regarding facial paralysis and other facial function disorders.