Platysmaplasty

Playsmaplasy Related Terms:
Cosmetic Surgery, Craniofacial Surgery, Dimple Creation, Face Procedures, Facial Liposuction, Facial Procedures, Laser Facial Procedures, Neck Lift, Neck Liposuction, Neck Muscle Repair, Neck Muscle Repair, Neckbands, Plastic Surgery, Scalp Flaps, Scalp Lift, Scalp Reduction, Skin Procedures, Surgeon

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Playsmaplasy - What Is It?

Neck muscle repair is medically termed as platysmaplasty. In this unique plastic surgery, the platysma or the superficial plane of the neck muscle is repaired for improving the neckline and correcting the visible neck muscle bands. This neck procedure could be combined with other face procedures like mid-face lift, neck lift, general facelift, eyelid surgery, chemical peel, etc. The plastic surgeon might use Botox for the reduction of the visible neckbands due to overactive muscles.

Playsmaplasy - How Is It Done?

The plastic surgeon would administer a general or local anesthetic and in certain cases, intravenous sedation might be given. When the anesthetic takes effect, the surgeon would make an incision of three to four centimeters under the chin. The surgeon would repair the platysma to the extent required through careful realignment of the neck muscle sheet. Finally, the incision would be closed with appropriate sutures. The patient might be required to wear a neckband for about 2 weeks to protect the operated area. The entire operation would take about an hour.

Playsmaplasy - After the Surgery:

The swelling and numbness would subside within 2-3 weeks. However, in most cases, the patient would be able to resume normal work routine in about 10 days. The risks of nerve damage, infection, and scarring should be expected. However, if the platysmaplasty were done by a skilled plastic surgeon, these risks would not occur.

Normally, the repaired neck muscle would never separate again. Still, another neck surgery might be required in a few cases due to the loss of the elasticity of the skin. Some patients might need a neck lift operation for further improvement of the neck position. The cost of a standard neck muscle repair would vary between $2,000 and $4,000. Additional plastic surgery requirements would result in extra spending. It is advisable to have a detailed discussion with the plastic surgeon regarding all the aspects of the neck procedure and face procedure requirements to evaluate the costs and the complications involved.

playsmaplasy - News update:
According to BioSpace, preliminary results from a Phase III study evaluating Sativex® in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)-related pain, show that it failed to meet its primary endpoint. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study involved 339 patients with central neuropathic pain due to MS, who had achieved inadequate pain relief with existing therapies. The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients whose pain was reduced by at least 30% (using 0-10 numerical scale) – although this was achieved by 50% of patients randomised to Sativex, this was not found to be statistically significantly different from placebo due to an unexpectedly large placebo response [the placebo response rate is not stated in the news item]. The BioSpace article notes that patients were able to self-administer the spray at will, and that this ‘may have confounded the overall comparison’ as those in the placebo group took significantly more doses overall. This was however designed to reflect the ‘real world’ use of Sativex as much as possible, whereby patients initially experiment with dosing of Sativex to find their optimum dose level. GW made the decision last year to adopt a fixed target dose approach for the ongoing studies in cancer pain and MS spasticity. Following a comprehensive review of this data, GW intends to carry out a further study in this patient population. More...

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