January 1997

Isolated SubmentoplastyA Limited Approach to the Aging Neck

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123(1):66-70. doi:10.1001/archotol.1997.01900010076011

Objective:  To evaluate the application of a limited submentoplasty for improving the aesthetics of the cervical region.

Design:  Retrospective analysis.

Setting:  Private facial plastic surgery practice. All procedures were performed at an ambulatory surgical facility on an outpatient basis.

Patients:  Forty patients (36 women and 4 men) ranging from 37 to 68 years of age with a mean age of 52 years. Surgical procedures were performed over a 4-year period and follow-up ranged from 3 months to 3.5 years with a mean follow-up of 1.2 years.

Intervention:  Isolated submentoplasty operations performed by the senior surgeon (F.M.K.) over a 4-year period.

Outcome Measures:  Aesthetic appearance of the neck as determined by comparison of preoperative and postoperative physical examinations and photographs, subjective patient responses, and chart reviews to determine complications.

Results:  Eighty percent success rate and 10% complication rate, with these complications being minor and easily correctable.

Conclusion:  Isolated submentoplasty is a viable option for correction of cervical deformities in selected patients.Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123:66-70