Northwest Face & Body



Procedure Time

1 hr

Recovery Time

5-7 days

Platysmaplasty Bellevue & Kirkland

The face and neck are known to be two of the first places to show age. This is because these areas are frequently exposed to the sun and elements, more so than other areas. This causes the skin to thin faster, laxity to set in, and wrinkles to become more prominent in these areas before others. Therefore, when patients reach a certain point, they may seek out facial plastic surgery to restore at least some of their youth. While facelifts and neck lifts are synonymous with these sorts of goals, a lesser known, but just as frequently performed procedure known as platysmaplasty. Northwest Face & Body provides the best platysmaplasty Bellevue and Kirkland.

Understanding The Platysmaplasty Procedure

Taking it’s name after the platysma muscles in the front of the neck, the platysmaplasty procedure corrects sagging by tightening and repairing these muscles. It is technically a procedure in it’s own right, but rarely performed by itself. Most commonly it is part of a neck lift or facelift. It is possible for the neck to be addressed without platysmaplasty if the only concern and issue is extra skin or fat.

Using dissolvable sutures underneath the skin, the procedure tightens the muscle which not only reduces or eliminates sagging on the neck, but can also improve the look of the jawline. Most successful facelift surgeons will perform this step as a standard part of a facelift. Though, Dr. Allegra will individually each patient to determine if platysmaplasty is right for them.

Benefits of Platysmaplasty

Platysmaplasty offers many benefits to patients. Similar to muscle plication in a tummy tuck, it overall improves results and leads to better, longer lasting results. Among just some of the benefits of a platysmaplasty include:

  • Tighter looking neck and lower face
  • Smoother looking skin
  • More youthful appearance
  • Little scarring
  • Addresses muscle laxity
  • Long lasting
  • Improves results from a neck lift or facelift
  • Corrects neck banding
  • Few risks or side effects
  • Routine with many facelifts and neck lifts

Combining It With A Facelift vs. Neck Lift

Is it better to combine platysmaplasty with a facelift or neck lift? It depends. People age differently and in varying areas. Therefore, one patient may see most of their sagging in the jowls and lower face, but their neck still mostly looks youthful. In this case, a facelift with added platysmaplasty may give this patient the results they want. Conversely, if a patient’s concerns are largely localized to their neck, a neck lift with platysmaplasty may be best.

It is common for all three procedures: facelift, neck lift, and platysmaplasty to be performed together. This is great for patients seeing significant lower face and neck sagging and laxity. Dr. Allegra will address this with you and whether you may be a candidate, as well as what specific procedures will provide the results you want.

The Best Platysmaplasty In Bellevue & Kirkland At Northwest Face & Body

Northwest Face & Body has provided Bellevue and Kirkland’s top facial plastic surgery procedures for over thirty years. Dr. Allegra is an accomplished plastic surgeon who specializes in facelifts, breast augmentation, and other procedures. Along with his accomplishments and recognition as a plastic surgeon, he is also a qualified otolaryngologist which qualifies him to perform many medical based facial surgeries. Therefore, he is a uniquely qualified facial plastic surgeon who has operated on the face on all planes and for both medical and cosmetic purposes. Dr. Ludwig Allegra performs the best platysmaplasty Bellevue and Kirkland offer.

Located at Carillion Point, Northwest Face & Body is minutes away from Bellevue, Kirkland, and the 520 floating bridge. This is a convenient and accessible location from all major Eastside communities as well as Seattle. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online using chat, contact form, or our Price Simulator® app.