Before & After Gallery



This 42 year old woman complained of a heavy neck with loss of jaw line definition. She underwent corrective surgery through a short submental incision consisting of submental lipectomy, removing excessive subcutaneous fat and platysmaplasty to tighten the underlying muscle. Her postoperative result is seen six months after the corrective surgery.


This 51 year old woman complains of excessively full neck, loss of jaw line definition, deepening of the nasolabial folds and overall “facial aging.” She is seen one year after cervicofacial rhytidectomy (face-lift) in conjunction with submental lipectomy and SMAS tightening.


This 58 year old woman complains of bags of the lower eyelids, hooding of the upper eyelids, laxity of the skin of the face and loss of jaw line and neck definition. She underwent bilateral upper and lower lid blepharoplasty in conjunction with cervicofacial rhytidectomy (face-lift), including platysmaplasty and SMAS flap development. Her postoperative result is shown nine months after the cosmetic surgery.


This 64 year old man presented to Dr. Handel with concerns about aging changes of the face, especially deepening of the smile lines (nasal labial folds), jowl formation and laxity of the neck skin with neck bands (platysma bands). He underwent a face and neck lift and is shown 3 months after surgery.

Neck Correction Surgery (platysmaplasty) – As patients age, typically, they experience changes in the contour of the neck. Often, this is characterized by loss of definition of the jaw line, effacement of the cervicomental angle, laxity of the skin of the neck, wrinkles and formation of readily visible vertical bands of the neck (platysma bands). Certain patients also experience an accumulation of subcutaneous fat of the neck (submental) area. Fortunately, there are excellent surgical techniques available to alleviate these symptoms and restore the youthful appearance of the neck. The exact treatment recommended will vary from patient to patient depending upon their skin type, age and the deficiencies which require attention. Usually, a combination of liposuction of the neck (submental) area combined with tightening of the platysma muscle is recommended. This operation can be performed through a very short (one inch) incision just beneath the chin. The scar usually heals extremely well and is essentially “invisible” after just a few weeks or months. Through this tiny incision, Dr. Handel can eliminate the fatty deposits of the neck area and carefully correct the vertical bands in the neck by tightening the platysma muscle. The neck correction (platysmaplasty) can either be performed as an independent procedure or may be part of a large operation such as a mid and lower face-lift. This type of neck correction surgery can be performed either under local anesthesia in our office operating area or under general anesthesia at the Plastic Surgery Center in Beverly Hills, California. Patients recover quickly from this type of surgical procedure, and the risks of complications are very low. Dr. Handel will evaluate your situation and will make definitive recommendations about what procedures he feels will help to achieve the appearance you desire. Neck Correction Surgery / Platysmaplasty performed in Beverly Hills by critically-acclaimed cosmetic surgeon, Dr Neal Handel.