For many people, the fight against aging begins and ends with the face. But glance down just a little lower, and you may notice that your neck is giving your real age away. Neck bands and neck lines (also known as necklace lines) are deep and persistent wrinkles that typically vary based on age, lifestyle, and the overall health of the person.
Neck-platysma bands are the vertical muscles that are evident when you make a grimace, clench your teeth, or carry stress in your neck region. Neck bands also are visible in very thin patients, as there’s little fat between the bands and the skin. Neck bands can make a patient look older before his or her time; additionally, they can detract from the person’s overall appearance.
Neck lines are the horizontal wrinkles that cross the entire surface of the neck. They’re also known as necklace lines, because the wrinkles actually look like thin necklaces. Neck lines are typically present in older, thinner patients, who may have formed them because of lifestyle, genetics, sun exposure, and smoking. Neck lines are not as drastic as neck bands, but they can still be aesthetically frustrating.
If you suffer from neck bands, you may opt to undergo a procedure known as a platysmaplasty. This surgical treatment tightens the muscles in the neck, which effectively removes the appearance of undesirable neck bands. The surgeon tightens the neck muscles with incisions made underneath the chin and behind the ears.
Because neck lines aren’t as drastic as neck bands, chemical peels or fractional CO2 treatments can be enough to minimize the lines. If the lines are particularly deep, the patient may opt to undergo the platysmaplasty, along with a formal neck lift and facelift.
Frederic H. Corbin, MD is a distinguished board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in two locations: Beverly Hills and Brea, CA (also serving the Orange Country area). For more information on treating neck lines and bands, schedule a consultation with Dr. Corbin at one of his two locations. Just call (310) 284-8384 for Beverly Hills or (714) 671-3033 for Brea, or you can simply fill out the form in the top right corner.