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Surgical Technique
March 2003

Submentoplasty as an Isolated Rejuvenative Procedure for the Neck

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Dr Jasin is in private practice in Tampa, Fla.


Dr Jasin is in private practice in Tampa, Fla.


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Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2003;5(2):180-183. doi:10.1001/archfaci.5.2.180

As facial cosmetic surgery has become more popular, patients' desires for minimally invasive surgery and brief healing times have increased. Submentoplasty has been described as an isolated procedure, but it is more commonly incorporated into a face-lift for rejuvenation of the cheeks, jowls, and neck. However, many patients considering submentoplasty do not need or desire face-lift surgery. Submentoplasty, in combination with liposuction, wide undermining, and platysma plications, has proven to be an effective way to rejuvenate the neck by restoring the cervicomental angle without large-incision surgery such as a face-lift. Presented here is a technique for performing submentoplasty developed over experience with more than 100 patients of widely varying ages. Recovery time is shorter than with standard face-lift techniques, and complications have been few. Submentoplasty is a viable option for patients who desire rejuvenation of the neck as a solo procedure or in combination with other facial cosmetic surgery.