Chin up! Repetitively tilting your head downwards to look at your smartphone and any other portable device is causing a phenomenon known as tech neck. Bet you didn’t know that being glued to your phone can actually make you look older too, did you?
Tech neck is a serious concern because it’s triggering early onset neck wrinkles and premature aging.
The delicate skin on your neck is sensitive and thinner as it has less oil glands, thus causing sagging and lines. Coupled with constant use of smartphones increases the probability of wrinkling even with young adults.
The constant hunching over to read smartphones can also cause neck and back pain. The human body is not designed to be in the same position for extended periods of time. More tech for frequent users could lead to more pain and eventually suffer from one of the dreaded types of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Tech neck is a weakening of the neck muscles, causing signs of aging-like wrinkles, lines, and drooping skin. The overuse of neck muscles is directly related to the constant, repetitive motion of looking down at a device, a basic requirement in our now super connected daily lives.
There are steps you can take to prevent these lines and premature wrinkles from forming, no matter how many selfies, tweets, posts, or messages you send in a day.
- Become self-aware of your body position and keeping your head at a zero degree angle while using your smartphone and mobile devices
- Never use your smartphone for extended periods of time
- When outdoors, use sunscreen on your neck, face and body
- Use moisturizers
- Use anti-aging creams
There are also innovative and some new ways to treat ‘tech neck’. Here are our top 3 recommended treatments:
If you are trying to eradicate the “double chin” also known as turkey neck, Kybella injections is our recommended treatment of choice. And get this, Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to reduce fat under the chin. This is a major breakthrough in achieving the perfect profile.
Definitely a household name and certainly well-known for smoothing out facial frown lines and wrinkles, but did you know that one of the less known facts about Botox is that it’s ideal for treating the aging neck. It’s important to mention though, to be very cautious and pick someone who does this regularly, as there are some vital structures in the neck that must not be disturbed.
Not all dermal fillers are created equal. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane are ideal products if the horizontal lines on your neck are deeply etched in. Dermal fillers are great because treatment only takes a few minutes and results are usually immediate, though full results may not be seen for up to a month.
The added bonus for treating neck wrinkles with hyauronic acid fillers is that there is also an antidote called hyaluronidase, which is an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid. So, in the unlikely event that a patient is not satisfied with the result, the product can be dissolved just as quickly as it was injected.
Wake Health Medical Group uses several treatments to treat “tech neck” along with a number of other skin conditions and to achieve facial and body tightening.
To learn more about which tech neck treatment is right for you, contact us today and/or call (919) 554-6754 to receive a free consultation with one of our medical providers.