Botox for Neck Bands
June 6, 2017
Botox is officially FDA approved for use between the brows, in the forehead, and most recently in 2013, for crow’s feet or lines around the eyes. While specified for those areas, Botox has many more uses for medical purposes and anti-aging. Botox works well to smooth wrinkles and is often used preventatively to keep them from forming. One popular use is Botox for the neck bands that tend to become noticeable over time as the platysma muscle weakens.
Botox can be injected right into the bands to weaken those muscles so they don’t protrude. When started earlier enough, it can prevent banding from getting worse. If those muscles are too strong, more than Botox may be required to treat what is often called a “turkey neck”.In cases where Botox isn’t enough to treat neck bands, facelift surgery is typically recommended or what is called a platysmaplasty. Facelift surgery lifts and tightens the lower face and neck through incisions in front of the ear, up the back and into the hairline. If a patient isn’t ready for a full facelift, a platysmaplasty may be performed, which literally means platysmaplasty (reconstruction of neck muscles). A plastysmaplasty focuses just on tightening the platysma muscle under the chin and can often be done in the office under local anesthetic.