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A platysmaplasty is a plastic surgery neck lift procedure to alter underlying neck musculature for a more defined neck and under chin appearance.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

3 weeks




Surgical Procedure




$4000 - $8000

The Specifics

What is a platysmaplasty?

A platysmaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to enhance the appearance of the neck and under the chin. During a platysmaplasty, the platysma muscle is tightened to create a single layer of muscle called a midline platysma plication. This reduces the appearance of neck bands, poor neck definition, turkey wattle, double chin, sagging skin, undesirable banding, and jowls. A platysmaplasty is often combined with a facelift or cervicoplasty to address excess fat and excess skin for more complete rejuvenation.

What cosmetic concerns does a platysmaplasty procedure treat?

  1. Neck & Jawline Definition: Direct alterations to the neck muscles in a platysmaplasty allows for immediate improvements to neck and jawline definition and tone.

Who is the ideal candidate for a platysmaplasty procedure?

The ideal candidate for a platysmaplasty is in their forties or fifties with moderate signs of aging around the neck area. A platysmaplasty is not recommended for those with more severe signs of aging, or heavier, drooping neck skin, as these individuals will also require a cervicoplasty to remove excess skin.

What is the average recovery associated with a platysmaplasty procedure?

Most patients experience two to three weeks of acute downtime following a platysmaplasty. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort will resolve over this time period. Limitations on strenuous activity, sun exposure, and neck movement will need to be considered for the first few weeks. Most candidates resume normal activities within one month.

To better understand the healing and downtime associated with the procedure, check out our complete guide to neck lift recovery.

What are the potential side effects of a platysmaplasty procedure?

Possible side effects following a platysmaplasty procedure include swelling, discomfort, bruising, changes in sensation, scarring, and wound infection.

What can someone expect from the results of a platysmaplasty procedure?

The results of a platysmaplasty procedure are immediately noticeable following the procedure. Platysmaplasty results are permanent, but are subject to natural changes with aging and significant weight changes.

What is the average cost of a platysmaplasty procedure?

A platysmaplasty procedure can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000. The actual cost of a Platysmaplasty is dependent upon location, board certified facial plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery. Learn more in our complete guide to the cost of a neck lift.


  • Neck Definition
  • Reduce Neck Bands
  • Remove Turkey Neck


  • Contour Deformities
  • Tightness
  • Does Not Address Loose Skin

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

A platysmaplasty tightens the underlying neck muscles to provide patients with a more defined neckline. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a platysmaplasty.

The Takeaway

A platysmaplasty is a plastic surgery neck lift procedure targeted to the platysma muscle of the neck. This cosmetic surgery can be used for neck rejuvenation and restoration.

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  1. Emil J Kohan Anatomy of the neck; 2014-01-01
  2. Jonathan M Sykes Rejuvenation of the Aging Neck


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