Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 41, Issue 6, pp 1351–1359 | Cite as

A Simplified Method for Management of Platysmal Bands: Platysmotomy as an Office Procedure

  • Ahmed M. HegazyEmail author
  • Mohammed Farouk
Original Article Face and Neck Surgery


Restoration of the esthetic neck contour is an integral component of facial rejuvenation. Characters of the aging neck include lipodystrophy, platysmal bands and jowls that extend into the neck, reducing the esthetic characters of the lower face. The authors present a new, simplified and economic method to manage platysmal bands as an office procedure under local anesthesia using a standard 18-gauge syringe needle as a cutting tool. The new technique was used on a selected group of female patients classified as non-surgical cases according to Rorich classification. Twenty-five female patients shared in this study, with a follow-up period standardized to 1 year; one patient showed up after 1.5 years with preserved esthetic outcome. One patient showed residual band managed by recutting immediately after bruising and edema resolved. The technique was proven safe regarding important neurovascular structures of the neck. Patients gave no negative comments regarding results of surgery. Kappa statistical analysis showed perfect interobserver agreement between patients and an independent assessor. The authors concluded that the studied new technique is safe, effective, and valuable for management of platysmal bands in a selected group of patients.

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Closed platysomotomy Platysmaplasty Percutaneous platysmotomy Platysmal bands release Platysmotomy Platysmal release 



The authors would like to acknowledge the efforts of professor Dr. Ashraf Abdel Kader Ahmed Aly (plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department, Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt) for giving his valuable objective opinion in the assessment of the results of this work.

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Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose. There were no conflict of interests of any kind stated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Regulations.

Ethical commitments

All the procedures performed in this study that involved human participants were in accordance of the institutional, national research committee and compliant with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments and comparable ethical standards. Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants in this study including scientific publications of their clinical photography, videos, etc.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery DepartmentTanta UniversityTantaEgypt
  2. 2.Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery DepartmentBani Swaif UniversityBani SwaifEgypt

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