3 Things You Always Wondered About Platysma (but were afraid to ask)

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Sobo_1909_267The platysma is a superficial sheet-like muscle that drapes over the upper parts of the deltoid and pectoralis major, overlapping them and then ultimately covering most of the front of the neck.

1.  What ends up when platysma goes into spasm? You end up involuntarily grimacing–a lot. This is sometimes visible in Meige’s syndrome.

2.  YES, platysma is in fact closely linked to the dreaded double chin. As we age, our skin becomes less hydrated and elastic and it can start to sag. What can you do to slow down sagging in the platysma? Try these neck exercises.

3.  Which actor has excellent mastery of platysma? Robert Di Niro! In this scene from Goodfellas, watch as he uses platysma to draw down his lower lip and angle of his mouth.

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