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The treatment experience

This treatment works by blocking acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for muscle contraction. By relaxing overly tense muscles and preventing unintended facial movements (synkinesis). Our BOTOX for Facial Paralysis in Boston can significantly improve facial function and appearance for those with chronic facial palsy. During your initial consultation, we'll assess your condition and help determine the ideal timing for BOTOX treatment. In some cases, we may recommend a few physical therapy sessions before administering BOTOX. These sessions can help you gain better control of your facial muscles before targeting specific areas with BOTOX. Administering BOTOX is a quick and minimally invasive procedure, typically lasting less than five minutes. We use a tiny needle to inject the medication into the muscles requiring treatment. While slight bruising may occur infrequently, it tends to resolve on its own with the application of ice and time.

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How long will the results last?

BOTOX typically takes effect within two to five days after administration, with the maximum benefit noticeable at around two weeks—the results of BOTOX treatment usually last between three to six months. When necessary, we'll schedule follow-up appointments to re-administer BOTOX, adjusting the doses and targeted muscles as needed.

Facial palsy and BOTOX

Facial palsy can result from various conditions, such as Bell's Palsy, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, Lyme Disease, acoustic neuroma resection, and autoimmune diseases. While many individuals with Bell's Palsy recover fully, some may experience chronic facial palsy, including facial and neck tightness and synkinesis. Synkinesis refers to involuntary muscle movements in one area of the face during facial expressions, often caused by disorganized or excessive facial nerve regeneration after injury.

If you're living with the challenges of facial palsy, including tightness, synkinesis, or facial asymmetry, our BOTOX for Facial Paralysis in Boston at the Hadlock Center for Facial Plastic Surgery can offer significant relief and improvement in your quality of life. Our experienced team will guide you through the process, ensuring you receive the most effective and personalized care to regain control of your facial muscles and restore your natural appearance.

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Why choose us?

When seeking solutions for facial paralysis, choosing the right specialist is crucial. At the Hadlock Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, you'll find a world-renowned expert, Dr. Tessa Hadlock. With an impressive career and extensive experience, Dr. Hadlock is often referred to as "the mother of modern facial nerve surgery." As a full-chaired professor at Harvard Medical School, she's a pioneer and the first female ENT surgeon at Mass Eye and Ear to attain the rank of Full Professor. Choosing the Hadlock Center means choosing a compassionate and knowledgeable expert who can help you navigate the complexities of facial paralysis. Dr. Hadlock's warm, engaging, and approachable demeanor ensures that every patient feels comfortable and understood. 

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Services performed in English, French, and Spanish

Her fluency in Spanish and French, as well as proficiency in Italian and Russian, allows her to connect with a diverse range of patients, transcending language barriers. With hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and thought leadership in the field, Dr. Hadlock brings unique knowledge and skill to every case, ensuring the best possible outcomes for her patients.

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