Platysmal bands

There are lots of overlapping muscles in our neck to support our head: deep and superficial muscles.

The platysma muscle is a superficial muscle found on the anterior part of the neck extending up the neck and inserting in the mandible and the corners of the mouth. Contracting this muscle enables us to lower or move our lower lip. Using the platysma muscle, we can express doubt, disgust but also fear or horror.

The skin of our neck is particularly delicate. Very fine, it is exposed all year round to aggressions (cold, the sun’s UV rays) and is under a great deal of stress as a result of the movements of all the muscles in the neck.

The platysma muscle is also firmly attached to the skin of the neck and in the long run, its contractions lastingly leave their mark on the skin. As it pulls on the skin, the latter loosens, and, gradually with age, wrinkles and what are known as the platysmal bands appear. Located on either side of the neck, on the left and right, the two bands become increasingly visible due to the hypertrophy of the muscle fibres (another consequence of aging).

These unsightly bands, of which the size and intensity vary from person to person, tend to make the neck and entire face look older.

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