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Chin dimpling and synkinesis

Chin dimpling is characterized by involuntary, simultaneous movements of the chin and other facial muscles when performing different expressions, such as smiling, blinking, or raising an eyebrow. This phenomenon is often linked to synkinesis, a condition in which miswired facial nerves cause unintended muscle movements.

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What causes chin dimpling?

Synkinesis typically occurs due to nerve damage or injury, such as facial trauma, Bell's Palsy, or surgical procedures that have affected the functioning of the facial nerves. The miscommunication between nerves can lead to disconcerting and uncontrolled facial movements, including chin dimpling.

Understanding Chin Dimpling Causes

This condition may be called "cobblestone chin" or "orange peel chin" and can result from various factors. One common cause is the overactivity of the mentalis muscle, which is located in the chin area and is responsible for facial expressions and lip movement. When this muscle contracts excessively, it can create a pebbled or dimpled appearance on the chin's surface. Age-related changes, genetics, and certain habits like teeth grinding or overusing straws can also contribute to chin dimpling. Fortunately, procedures like BOTOX injections can address this issue by relaxing the overactive muscle and restoring a smoother, more youthful chin contour.

Treatments for chin dimpling 

Effective treatments for chin dimpling and synkinesis require a tailored approach to address underlying nerve issues. Dr. Tessa Hadlock and her team offer a range of chin dimpling treatments in Boston to help patients regain natural facial movements and alleviate the aesthetic concerns associated with chin dimpling.

  • BOTOX® injections: BOTOX® is a widely-used treatment that can temporarily relax specific facial muscles, reducing the appearance of chin dimpling and synkinesis. Dr. Hadlock's precise administration ensures a subtle, natural-looking result. 
  • Physical therapy: Facial nerve physical therapy plays a crucial role in retraining facial muscles and improving coordination.
  • Surgical interventions: In cases where non-surgical treatments do not provide the desired results, surgical interventions may be considered. Dr. Hadlock has extensive expertise in removing the muscle responsible for chin dimplin to address synkinesis and its associated issues effectively.

Dr. Tessa Hadlock is an expert in addressing the unique challenges and concerns faced by individuals dealing with chin dimpling. She offers compassionate, personalized care to ensure patients achieve their aesthetic and functional goals. The first step in a treatment plan is a thorough evaluation, including a detailed assessment of the patient's medical history, nerve function, and specific symptoms.

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Why choose us?

Dr. Tessa Hadlock is an internationally renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over two decades of experience. As a Professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School, she has a rare breadth of expertise in treating facial nerve conditions, including chin dimpling. Dr. Hadlock's groundbreaking research, numerous clinical outcomes studies, and influential tools in reanimation procedures have earned her recognition as a leading authority in the field. With a passion for enhancing the lives of her patients, she continues to advance the understanding and treatment of facial nerve disorders. 

  • World-class expertise: Dr. Hadlock's pioneering research has advanced facial nerve function regeneration, making her a leading authority in the field. She is among the select few facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons with National Institutes of Health funding.
  • Clinical excellence: Dr. Hadlock's extensive body of work includes numerous clinical outcomes studies, influential tools for assessing reanimation procedures, and contributions to international literature.

If you would like to undergo chin dimple removal in Boston, choosing Dr. Tessa Hadlock means entrusting your care to a world-class specialist dedicated to providing effective solutions for facial nerve-related issues. With her expertise, innovative treatments, and patient-centered approach, you can regain natural facial movements and confidence in your appearance.

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