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Neck Bands

Doctor's Terms

  • Platysma: the platysma muscle extends from the upper chest to the jaw. It is responsible for movement in the neck and the corners of the mouth.

Information And Treatment

To understand vertical neck bands, it's first necessary to discuss the anatomy of the neck. The plastyma is a layer of muscle that extends from the upper chest, collar bone, and jaw. This muscle controls facial expressions and provides enough flexibility to move the corners of your mouth up and down, side to side.

Weight loss can cause these bands of muscle to jut out. So can age and sun exposure. In the young, the platysma is hidden behind a layer of fat. This padding decreases over time, eliminating the barrier between the fat and muscle, showcasing the bands more blatantly. Age also causes the platysma to pull forward and down, highlighting the two vertical strips in the neck.

Neck bands may also be linked to genetics. About 85% of neck band owners are women, while just 15% are men. The fact that there are few ways to exercise the neck and strengthen the platysma makes it that much harder to prevent its emergence.

Age range: Extreme weight loss can cause plastyma (neck muscles) to project at any age. Dieting aside, neck bands normally emerge with age, as the neck loses its protective layer of padding.