Sagging Neck Tendon

I Have an Unsightly Sagging Tendon on the Right Side of my Neck Only. I've Traced the Tend and it seems to have an origin on the medial clavicle, but it never seems to have any tension on it? I play a lot of hard tennis and I'm right handed. Would that cause it?

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Treatment for sagging neck tendon

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Cords in the neck are called the anterior platysmal bands and are the most anterior leading edge of platysmal muscle that tends to shorten, fibrose, and contract with age and facial grimacing. At the time of the face/neck lift the top portion above the voice box is sewn together with a platysmaplasty procedure and the lower portion is actually transected over the cricoid area to separate the fibers so that it does not recur after the lower face/neck lift.  

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Platysma bands

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Platysma bands can be quite bothersome and it sound like you have it all the time. This can be treated with surgery to eliminate the problem.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Platysma band and its treatment.

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The band can be removed and sutured to the other side if the rest of the face is without significant aging. Otherwise, you would need a facelift.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Platysmal band (sagging tendon) in the neck

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This is most likely the inner edge of the platysma muscle and it is called a platysmal bank. This is usually addressed by a necklift or full face lift. In either case the inner edges of the right and left muscles are sutured together and this resolves the issue.

Aaron Stone, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

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