What are Platysmal Bands and what causes them?
Platysmal bands refer to two vertical muscle bands located on either side of the neck. These bands are typically the first indicators of ageing and can lead to the appearance of sagging skin, double chins, or neck creases. The exact cause of platysmal bands is still a subject of ongoing research. However, it is understood that genetics, sun exposure, and inadequate skincare practices may contribute to their development, as well as the loss of muscle tone in the neck.
Additionally, factors like teeth clenching, stress, and intense workouts can also play a role. The repetitive, high-intensity movements and heightened muscle activity can cause these underlying muscles to become more prominent and visible, leading to the appearance of platysmal bands.
What are treatments for Platysmal Bands?
Currently, the most effective non-surgical option for addressing platysma bands is Botox. This treatment has shown promising results in restoring a more youthful contour to the neck. The use of botulinum toxin to treat platysmal bands results in a noticeable reduction in their appearance by relaxing the neck muscles.
By injecting botulinum toxin (Botox) into specific muscles in the neck, the treatment temporarily paralyses them. This allows the skin to appear smoother and more youthful, without the need for surgical procedures. As a result, the relaxation of the platysma muscles leads to a decrease in the visibility of the vertical bands.
Why do you need insurance for Botox treatments for Platysmal Bands?
Like any aesthetic procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with using Botox to treat platysmal bands. Some of these risks include: infection at the injection site, headache or flu-like symptoms and pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site. Given the nature of these procedures, clients may be more likely to file claims in the event of any complications. Without sufficient insurance coverage, you or your clinic could be at risk of bearing the full financial burden of these claims.