How to prevent and erase platysmal cords


In the central and lateral parts of the neck, cords may appear over time, known as platysmal cords or dewlaps. They are due to the action of a skin muscle of the face and neck, the platysma muscle.

These unsightly bands age the neck and are a frequent request for consultation.
The platysma muscle pulls on the lower face and is one of the causes of sagging.
Over time, the two platysmal bands, the right and the left, separate and the muscle hypertrophies, leading to the appearance of platysmal cords.

There are different degrees of severity, represented by scales.



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Injections of hyaluronic acid

Injections can be performed at the neck by an experienced practitioner to reduce the appearance of the cords. Over time the skin covering the cords will relax, if this relaxation is too important, the injections will not work.


Photorejuvenation lasers (ablative or not) give a result in case of very thin skin that falls under the action of the force of the platysmal cord. By densifying the dermis, the skin becomes more toned and reduces the cord. The selection of the right candidates is the key element of the result.

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Written by Valeria Romano

Former intern at the Hospitals of Paris Graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Paris 7 – Paris Diderot Registered with the medical board of Paris, n° 75/80452 More informations

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