Can ptotic submandibular glands be fixed with Basket submandibular gland suspension after Neck Lift?
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Ptotic submandibular gland
Proper correction of prominent submandibular glands. Necklift
There is only one way to reduce submandibular gland prominence when it is contributing to fullness of the neck. Unfortunately, suspension of the gland, while appealing as a concept, is not proven to give a significant and predictable benefit. Nor would you expect that it would, as the enlarged gland takes up more space than is available, the very reason it bulges and pushes the overlying tissues out of correct position.
Surgical reduction of the prominent part of the submandibular gland is highly effective in people who need glandular reduction to obtain a nice neck.
You specifically asked about having a correction without resection. This presumably reflects concern about reduction of saliva leading to a ‘dry mouth’ as a result of the removal of glandular tissue. There has not been a published series of cases to give an answer on this. However, Dr Tutino and I are about to publish our series of 112 consecutive cases of Submandibular gland reduction. The answer is that not one of the patients ended up with a permanent dry mouth.
With this information you should be able to change your thinking. The best neck result must include partial resection of the submandibular glands. However, you should be aware that this is advanced plastic surgery and only certain experienced surgeons perform this type of surgery. Others, who are not comfortable with this operation may discourage you from wanting this surgery by emphasizing the risks.
Inproving submandibular gland contour
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