Stanford Facial Nerve Center



The Stanford Facial Nerve Center specializes in the treatment of facial paralysis, synkinesis, and facial nerve injury.  We offer comprehensive treatment for facial nerve disorders, from world-class facial reanimation surgery to effective non-surgical rehabilitation. 


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Condition Spotlight

Some patients who have previously had Bell’s palsy or other reversible forms of facial nerve injury may go on to develop synkinesis. Synkinesis describes unwanted contractions of the muscles of the face during attempted movement. Commonly, patients will notice forceful eye closure when they attempt to smile, or other muscle spasms during routine facial movements. It is essentially a “faulty re-wiring” of the facial nerve that occurs after injury and recovery. It can significantly impact quality of life and the symptoms do not go away without treatment of some type (see below).

Before & After Gallery

Dr. Jon-Paul Pepper

Dr. Jon-Paul Pepper

Dr. Pepper is a double-board certified surgeon who specializes in aesthetic reconstructive surgery of the face.His areas of expertise include:

  • Facial reanimation surgery
  • Facelift surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • The reconstruction of the face after skin cancer resection

He is the Director of the Stanford Facial Nerve Center.

Pepper Research Lab

Dr. Pepper Research Lab

Our research is breaking new ground in the science of nerve repair and exploring new solutions for nerve tissue regeneration.

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Stanford Facial Nerve Center

801 Welch Road
Stanford, CA 94305
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