The increase in the use of iPhones and laptops for both work and relaxation has caused a change in the appearance of the neck of users of these devices. “Tech Neck” is the term used to describe the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the neck area caused by looking down during the ongoing use of electronic devices. “Tech Neck” can be caused by tucking the head down or raising and bending the shoulders while scrolling through social media on a phone. People that feel their neck is not looking its best thanks to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that age its appearance can learn how cosmetic procedures can rejuvenate their look in the informative article below.
The act of bending and twisting the neck to better view a laptop or iPhone can cause physical issues such as headaches, shoulder stiffness, neck pain and soreness. The prolonged use of electronic devices such as laptops can cause the tendons, muscles and ligaments in the neck to tighten and compress. In addition, the structures behind the neck can be elongated thanks to the physical act of twisting and bending on a regular basis. In order to treat the physical pain caused by “Tech Neck”, patients can perform mobility exercises to improve the range of motion in the neck and shoulders.
In addition to the physical discomfort described above, “Tech Neck” can also impact the look of the skin on the neck. Because the neck skin is thinner than the skin on the face, gravity can start pulling the skin downwards and have a negative impact on the aesthetic appearance of the neck. Staring at a smartphone can also apply excess pressure on the muscles and bones around the neck. This area is only meant to handle 10-12 pounds of pressure. The act of looking at smartphones and laptops by bending or twisting the neck can add an extra 50 pounds of pressure to these muscles and bones.
The natural process of aging can also lead to a loss of collagen and a reduction in the amount of skin and muscle laxity in the neck. The repetitive bending and folding of the neck skin can cause a person to see the formation of wrinkles, sagging skin and the appearance of a double chin (excess fat in the area below the chin).
Patients should make an effort to make their work area more efficient and comfortable to avoid having to look down all the time. They should also take regular breaks to help reduce any pain or stiffness and to help keep the neck skin from folding on a regular basis.
Neck Massage – A neck massage; along with neck and face exercises, can work to strengthen the muscles located around the skin to create a firmer and lifted look. It can also start a lymphatic drainage process that will drain excess fluid and reduce the weight of the skin that can cause folds in the appearance of the neck skin. A neck massage can also improve the flow of blood, increase the amount of circulation and improve the overall contour of the face.
Someone suffering from “Tech Neck” can apply a moisturizer across the lower part of the neck and the face. The neck massage should include upward strokes across the face, as well as downward strokes, in order to fully moisturize the treated area.
Skincare – The fact that people need to wear masks on a daily basis means their necks are more visible than usual. It also means that the neck has become a point of focus for the eyes so issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and irregularities with the texture of the skin can easily be viewed by others. The extra exposure to the sun can cause a reduction of collagen and elastin production. Thinner skin on the neck means a thinner dermis so using a moisturizer, hydrating serum or sunscreen from the face to the neck can help keep the skin hydrated and healthy.
Silicone Gel Pads – Some doctors decide to use silicone gel pads to treat the appearance of fine lines. These pads are placed on the skin and should be worn both day and night. Silicone improves the amount of oxygen in the area and also works to keep moisture in the skin to promote skin healing.
Noninvasive In-Office Treatments – Ultherapy uses ultrasound as a loose skin neck treatment to provide neck tightening. Radiofrequency waves can also be used to boost the production of collagen and elastin to make the skin have a firmer and healthier look. These noninvasive treatment options work to achieve neck lifting on a neck that sags and also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling can treat texture or pigmentation issues by increasing the production of collagen. Microneedling, combined with a healthy diet and skincare, can give a more youthful and rejuvenated look to the skin.
Patients that are concerned about the appearance of “Tech Neck” should schedule an appointment with a board-certified doctor experienced in treating skin conditions on the neck. The doctor will examine the patient and determine the best method to treat the issue of fine lines and wrinkles on the neck.