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January 1997

Isolated Submentoplasty: A 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

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