Botox For Platysmal Bands Bellevue & Kirkland
The neck—like the face—is rarely fully covered by clothing. Thus, it is more exposed to environmental factors and tends to age faster than the rest of the body. The signs of aging on the neck can include wrinkles, thinning skin, sagging, crepey skin, and the appearance or increased prominence of the platysmal bands. Several different treatments for the skin, muscles, and fat of the neck and surrounding structures can help provide a more youthful neck appearance. One of the most effective non-surgical solutions is Botox. The injectors at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery offer the best Botox for platysmal bands Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
Overview: What Are The Platysmal Bands?
The platysmal bands are formed by the platysma muscle which extends down each side of the neck in a fan-like shape. It is normal at any age for bands to appear when flexing the platysma muscle, but over time, these bands can become more prominent or even a permanent fixture of the neck. Some patients find the bands unsightly or feel like they make them look older than they are.
The reasons the vertical bands appear have to do with the natural aging process. First, the skin slows collagen production and the skin can begin to thin and not rebound from damage as quickly. Environmental factors such as sun exposure and damage along with free radicals also are a large contributing factor. From there, genetics and your medical history also play a role. Large weight loss—particularly in a short period—can also exacerbate neck banding.
Even with a good skincare routine and sun protection, the formation of platysmal bands is not completely preventable. If you do develop uninvited neck banding, there are ways to treat it.
The recommended treatment for platysmal bands will depend on the severity of the bands and your goals. Once the bands have formed, Botox injections are generally the best treatment. However, if you have concerns about future neck bands, or you notice them becoming more prominent, then skin treatments like chemical peels and microneedling may help slow the progression of aging.
Occasionally, in cases where sagging or excess skin is present, a neck lift can also address platysma bands. However, if you still have fairly tight skin, your provider will likely recommend Botox injections as the best treatment for platysmal bands.