Platysmaplasty

Platysmaplasty

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    PLATYSMAPLASTY (A procedure in between necklift and neck liposuction) Many people desire a more well-defined neckline. A sharp defined neckline looks healthy and youthful. Aging, genetics, and fat are three things that make the neckline and jawline look worse. As we age, the neckline is one of the earliest signs of aging as the skin of the neck skin begins to droop and sag. Many people gain weight in their neck area and even young people can have a very fat, poorly defined neck. Sometimes this is simply due to being overweight other times, it is a genetic or family trait to have a “heavy full neck”. Either way a full heavy neck makes a person look less attractive and older. When the neck is sagging due to poor skin elasticity and aging, the best treatment is to perform a necklift (see the section on necklift.) When the poorly defined neck is due mainly to fat, neck liposuction works remarkably well. However there exists a category of patients who do not have a lot of excess skin, and only a moderate amount of neck fat. Some of these patients have already had neck liposuction with poor results. These patients typically have a genetic trait to place fat under the platysma muscle and often have a low lying hyoid bone (part of the Adam’s apple). The platysma is the muscle that covers the entire neck like a sheet. When neck liposuction is performed the fat under the platysma muscle cannot be reached safely by the liposuction cannula and so it is not removed. In some patient’s it is useful to make a small incision under the chin and remove the fat directly under the platysma muscle by direct excision. After this is done, then the muscle can be tightened in the middle with some permanent sutures. The removal of the fat under the muscle and the tightening of the muscle help to create a very well defined neck contour. This procedure is useful for people who have failed neck liposuction or who are not quite ready for a neck lift.

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