The neck is one of the first places to show visible signs of ageing. The skin is much thinner in this area, and when the platysma muscle begins to tighten with age, prominent lines form at the front of the neck.
A non-surgical neck lift focuses on the platysma bands, relaxing the muscle to make the vertical bands along the neck become less noticeable.
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Treating The Neck
Platysmal band injections can relax these unsightly bands. Also known as the Nefertiti Lift, many clients find this treatment leaves them with a smoother, elegant neck and a younger-looking lower face.
Who is suitable to have this treatment?
If your platysma bands are prominent, especially when speaking, you may be a good candidate for this treatment. Ideal candidates tend to be under the age of 55 because their skin is more elastic.
Clients who do not have a lot of excess fat or loose skin on their neck usually experience better results from this treatment.
If your neck does have excess fat or sagging skin, this treatment may be combined with techniques such as dermal filler injections to achieve optimum results. Platysmal band injections can be performed on most men and women who are in good overall health.
What to Expect
The platysma bands in the neck are treated during a clinic visit lasting less than an hour. During the treatment, the platysma muscle is targeted with injections of a muscle relaxant. The relaxants block nerve signals, causing controlled weakening of the muscle. As the overactive muscle relaxes, the bands flatten, blending in with the rest of the neck.
As soon as the injections are complete, patients are free to return home or go back to work.
There are no bandages necessary, and clients do not need to take time away from work to recover. This has become a popular “lunchtime rejuvenation” treatment for clients seeking a quick enhancement without the downtime associated with surgery.
Within a few days, you will start to notice visible effects from the muscle relaxant. After 10 days, the platysma bands will have relaxed, making your neck smoother and younger-looking.
Treatment results usually last 3 to 6 months. Over time, the effects wear off, and the platysma muscle is again able to contract, causing the bands to reappear.
What Are the Causes of Neck Bands?
The platysmal bands are two vertical ridges of muscle located on either side of the neck. While most muscles in the body are attached to surrounding ligaments and bones, the platysmal bands are free-floating. When you clench your jaw, these muscles contract and move forward. With repetitive movement over time, neck bands become more visible.
The loss of skin elasticity can make neck bands appear more noticeable. As the body ages, it produces less collagen, and the skin around the face and neck becomes thinner. This can make neck bands and the bone structure of the lower face appear more prominent.
What Results Can I Expect?
The procedure involves a series of muscle relaxant injections along the platysmal neck bands. Within a few days of the treatment, you will begin to notice a visible improvement to your neck bands as the product relaxes the underlying muscle. After 10 days, the full results of the treatment will be visible, and your neck should appear smoother and more youthful.
How Long Do Treatment Results Last?
Neck platysma bands treatment results last for 3 to 6 months. Over time, the muscle relaxant will begin to wear off, and the neck band muscles will become more active and return to their pre-treatment appearance.
Many clients schedule a follow-up procedure every 4 months to maintain their results. The treatment is a much gentler and more convenient alternative to invasive plastic surgery.
Do Muscle Relaxant Neck Injections Hurt?
Most clients consider muscle relaxant injections a painless procedure. You may experience a slight pinch as each injection is applied and mild redness and swelling around the injection sites for the first few hours post-procedure. A topical anaesthetic may be applied before the procedure to minimise any discomfort.
How Many Units of Muscle Relaxant Are Required for Platysmal Bands?
We charge by the area and not by the unit of product. All Muscle relaxants are medications that need to be administered by a clinician. Your b clinic doctor or nurse will determine a recommended dosage during your free consultation.
If you require additional units of product, your b clinic practitioner will provide a complimentary touch up during your treatment review 14 days post-procedure.
Do I Need to Do Anything to Prepare?
Neck band injections are known as a lunchtime rejuvenation cosmetic procedure. The treatment takes less than an hour to perform in clinic, and there is no special preparation that you need to do pre-treatment.
Your clinician may recommend that you stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin E supplements for a week before the procedure to minimise any bruising and risk of bleeding.
Is There Any Downtime?
There is little to no downtime involved with neck band injections. Clients are free to return to their regular daily routine after leaving the clinic. Your neck may feel slightly tender and appear red around the injection sites, but this can be concealed with make-up and should subside within a few hours of treatment.
We recommend that you avoid any strenuous exercise for 24 hours and stay in an upright position for 4 hours post-procedure. This is to prevent the muscle relaxant product from migrating to surrounding areas.
Possible Risks and Complications
Common side effects following neck platysma band treatment include redness, swelling, bruising, and soreness lasting several days. Visible effects may be covered with make-up.
After receiving muscle relaxant injections, avoid touching your neck for 12 hours or lying down for 4 hours. These actions can cause the injected relaxant to spread, causing unintended weakening of surrounding muscles. Muscle relaxant spreading from the injection site has been reported to affect clients’ ability to move their head or to swallow. Other potential complications include infection and long-lasting numbness of the treated area.
How Much Do Neck Platysma Muscle Injections Cost?
Since the platysma muscle is larger than other areas commonly treated with muscle relaxant, it often requires more muscle relaxant injections.
The exact amount of muscle relaxant product needed and the costs involved varies according to your needs and desired results. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals and receive a personalised quote.