Platysmal bands, commonly known as “neck bands,” refer to the vertical lines on the neck that often become more prominent as you get older. These creases develop due to reduced skin elasticity in the neck combined with a weakening of the platysma muscle, causing the superficial layer of musculature to protrude through the skin. Genetics also play a role in the formation of platysmal neck bands and some patients may develop them sooner than others. Fortunately, bands on the neck can be treated with a range of aesthetic procedures, including:
- Neck Lift: A neck lift is often considered the most effective procedure to reduce signs of aging on the neck. In addition to utilizing liposuction to slim the face and neck, surgery can remove excess skin and smooth wrinkling to provide a more defined neck contour.
- Facelift: Depending on the nature of your concerns, a facelift may be recommended in addition to (or in lieu of) a neck lift. A facelift is considered the gold standard of facial rejuvenation for its ability to improve jowls and sagging skin in the lower face, allowing patients to enjoy a sleeker, more youthful look.
- Dermal Fillers and Injectables: In certain cases, dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic may be able to temporarily improve vertical neck bands. Volume-enhancing fillers can help the neck look fuller and more youthful, while BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes overactive muscles in the neck causing repetitive contractions and wrinkling.
The best treatment for each person’s needs depends on the quality of their skin and the extent of their concerns. Dr. Goldberg, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Westchester, creates a personalized treatment plan tailored to improve platysmal bands on the neck and address other signs of aging. In many cases, this surgical facial rejuvenation allows a patient to look up to ten years younger than their actual age.
Dr. Neal Goldberg can discuss surgical and non-surgical treatments to smooth platysmal neck bands and help you improve skin laxity in the lower face. Visit our NYC-area office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldberg, or to speak with a friendly member of our team.