Can My Webbed Neck Be Removed?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a webbed neck and I would like to remove it because i don’t feel comfortable and confident at all.

A: Based on these two limited pictures what you appear to be demonstrating is not a true webbed neck but the posterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle. Unlike the traditional webbed neck which goes along the superior border of the trapezius muscle and can be addressed with a more hidden incision on the back of the neck, removing this anterior ‘web’ or posterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle requires a more visible anterior incision which would be considered a questionable aesthetic tradeoff.

Dr. Bary Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana