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Defining the extent and limitations of the SMAS-platysma unit Print

The ASERF Scientific Research Committee and Board of Directors are pleased to announce the following grant award:

Researcher: Charlies Thorne, MD

Grant Award: ASERF Interim Grant

Amount Awarded: $11,650

Project Name: Defining the extent and limitations of the SMAS-platysma unit

Project Summary: We believe there are several nuances related to the SMAS-platysma that are currently under-appreciated and the source of much of the current controversy in aesthetic facial rejuvenation. The goal of this study is to elucidate and define comprehensively the SMAS-platysma unit. Specifically, we will: 1) define the exact anatomic relationships of the platysma with key anatomic structures, including the modiolus 2) demonstrate the differences in viscoelastic properties of the SMAS-platysma unit with various surgical techniques 3) delineate the ramifications in the lower neck as a result of various manipulations to the  SMAS-platystma unit


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