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October 1977

Correcting the Aging Platysma

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology (Dr H. G. Brennan), The University of California at Irvine, and the San Joaquin General Hospital (Dr L. G. Brennan), Stockton, Calif. Both Drs Brennan are in private practice in Beverly Hills (Dr H. G. Brennan) and in Stockton (Dr L. G. Brennan), Calif.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1977;103(10):585-588. doi:10.1001/archotol.1977.00780270053006

• The aging neck in which the stringy appearance is due to hyperactive platysma can be surgically treated. The technique involves partial transection of the anterior border of the platysma and has been used in more than 160 cases during the past 2½ years with results that seem to be more predictable and longer lasting than previously described methods. Further studies under way that involve sectioning of the cervical branch of the facial nerve may yield an even better solution to this problem.

(Arch Otolaryngol 103:585-588, 1977)

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