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What is static suspension?

Static suspension is a facial palsy treatment in Boston to address facial asymmetry and improve facial balance in patients. While it may not fully restore facial motion, static suspension procedures are effective in improving facial symmetry and alleviating certain symptoms associated with facial palsy. This procedure involves suspending or repositioning specific facial tissues to create a more harmonious appearance when the face is resting. There are two primary types of static suspension procedures: fascia lata suspension, performed in an operating room, and in-office suture suspension. While these procedures do not restore facial motion, they effectively achieve better facial symmetry and alleviate specific associated symptoms.

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Unlocking Facial Harmony: The Benefits of Static Suspension

Static Suspension is a revolutionary surgical technique employed in facial rejuvenation that offers a plethora of benefits. This procedure restores not only your youthful appearance but also the natural balance and symmetry of your face. By addressing sagging skin, loss of facial volume, and deep wrinkles, Static Suspension results in a refreshed and harmonious visage. It's a minimally invasive technique that reduces downtime, providing quicker recovery and lasting, natural-looking results. Say goodbye to the signs of aging and hello to a revitalized, more youthful you with the transformative benefits of Static Suspension.

Fascia Lata Suspension

One of the primary static suspension procedures is known as fascia lata suspension. This surgical intervention is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia and typically lasts approximately 90 minutes. Fascia lata suspension is particularly effective in creating improved resting facial symmetry, targeting specific areas of concern, including:

Corner of the mouth

The procedure helps re-suspend the corner of the mouth, reducing asymmetry at rest.

Nasolabial fold

Also known as laugh lines or smile lines, the nasolabial fold can be improved, enhancing overall facial balance.


The vertical indentation in the middle of the upper lip, known as the philtrum, is addressed to achieve a more harmonious appearance.

Base of the nose

The surgery also targets the base of the nose, further enhancing facial balance.
The procedure involves making two one-inch incisions on the outer thigh to harvest a piece of tensor fascia lata (TFL), a thick band of tissue ideal for suspending facial tissues. Using the patient's own tissue (autologous), this method minimizes the risk of infection and complications. 

The harvested fascia is then carefully positioned around the mouth to re-suspend the targeted facial areas. After suturing the fascia into place, the incisions are closed, and small drains are placed, one in the leg and one in the face. These drains are typically removed the following morning before discharge. Absorbable stitches in the face dissolve within 14-21 days after surgery.

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In-office suture suspension

In contrast to fascia lata suspension, in-office suture suspension is a less invasive procedure performed in a clinic setting with local anesthesia. The procedure typically takes about 60-90 minutes. It primarily focuses on improving the resting nasolabial fold. The process involves creating a one-inch incision in the temporal hairline and small nicks in the intended nasolabial fold. Permanent sutures are then threaded from the nasolabial fold to the temporal region, suspending the midface and enhancing symmetry. Patients can return home on the same day, and no drains are required. Sutures used in this procedure are absorbable and typically dissolve completely within approximately three weeks.

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Recovery time

After both fascia lata suspension and in-office suture suspension procedures, patients may experience mild to moderate discomfort, which usually subsides within two to three days. Patients can typically resume their regular diet and daily activities, but it's essential to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for two weeks after surgery. Occasionally, minor wound issues may arise, such as fluid accumulation in the leg donor site (in fascia lata suspension) or redness or leakage at one of the incisions.

These issues are usually easily resolved during a follow-up office visit. Static suspension procedures offer a promising solution for individuals dealing with facial palsy, providing improved facial symmetry and relief from associated symptoms. If you're considering these procedures, consult with our expert team at the Hadlock Center for Facial Plastic Surgery to explore your options and determine the most suitable approach for your needs.

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Why choose us?

When seeking expertise in facial palsy treatment in Boston, the Hadlock Center for Facial Plastic Surgery stands out. Dr. Tessa Hadlock, a renowned leader in the field, offers unparalleled experience and dedication. As a Harvard full professor and prolific researcher, Dr. Hadlock has significantly advanced facial nerve surgery. Her compassionate and patient-centered approach, coupled with a commitment to honesty about outcomes, ensures that you receive the highest level of care. Dr. Hadlock's international reputation and focus on delivering time-tested results make the Hadlock Center a top choice for facial palsy treatment.

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