Nonsurgical Treatment of Platysmal Bands with Injection of Botulinum Toxin A

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Botulinum toxin A has been used therapeutically in humans for over 20 years for a variety of medical indications. For the past 7 years, the author has injected it for cosmetic purposes in a variety of muscles of the head and neck. Fifty patient-injections of the platysma muscle were performed in an attempt to correct platysmal banding. An improvement was seen in all patients who presented to the office for follow-up in a timely manner (44 injections). Results were limited by redundant skin. No incidence of dysphagia or airway obstruction was encountered. The only complication noted was bruising. Although at least a small improvement in platysmal banding was seen in all patients, in no patient was there evidence of lifting of the lower face. All results were temporary. (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 103: 656, 1999.)

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