Botox For Platysmal Bands Seattle & Tacoma
Platysmal bands are vertical bands or cords on each side of the neck that become visible with age. These “bands” are portions of the platysma muscle becoming visible underneath the skin. While not everyone will develop prominent vertical neckbands, some do become frustrated with their appearance. They are nearly impossible to cover with makeup and have few viable treatment options before undergoing surgery. Botox is one of the only effective non-surgical treatments for platysmal bands. The injectors at Seattle Plastic Surgery provide the best Botox for platysmal bands Seattle and Tacoma offer.
Overview: How Botox Works
Botox is a diluted and injectable form of Botulinum toxin A. Derived from a neurotoxin, Botox is designed to provide localized relaxation of muscles. While it comes from the same toxin that causes botulism, Botox contains only the proteins necessary to provide the desired effects. It is a well studied treatment and widely considered safe.
Once injected, the Botox will spread slightly in the muscle it was injected into. Over the next two weeks, it will begin to block brain signals to that muscle that tell it to move or contract. It will not stop all of these signals because it does allow you to continue to show emotion and make facial expressions.
This is why the injection of Botox is so technical. Your injector needs to know the right injection sites to provide the ideal freezing of movement without freezing all movement. The injectors at Seattle Plastic Surgery have years of experience with neuromodulators like Botox including both cosmetic and medical treatments.
Formation Of Platysmal Bands
The platysmal bands themselves have always been present during your life. However, your more youthful skin and fat kept them nicely covered. As collagen reduces, tissue loss occurs, and the skin thins, sometimes muscles, tendons, and veins can become visible through the skin. This is also frequently observed on the hands where people sometimes receive hand filler injections to disguise the appearance of tendons and veins.
Unfortunately, there’s really no way to prevent this. Other than a good skincare routine and some professional treatments like chemical peels and microneedling, aging may eventually reveal the neck muscles. Others are simply lucky enough to never develop overly prominent neckbands.