We are all aware that staring at a computer or our smart phones for hours on end throughout the day affects your posture, but did you know that this could also be triggering the development of fine lines and wrinkles along the neck and face? Dubbed “tech neck,” staring down at our electronic devices long term has been seen to create the appearance of a sagging double chin, jowls, and other lines and winkles along the neck. Dermatologists believe that this may be caused by the premature breakdown of collagen and elastin from the constant movement and muscle contraction required to look down at our screens.
Though neck wrinkles are inevitable with age, there has been a rise in the younger population coming in concerned about correcting lines that have already formed, or preventing their appearance for as long as possible. Often times, people will also find themselves squinting as they concentrate when they are working on their computers or tablets, which also leads to the formation of deep, defined creases along the forehead, around the eyes, and between the eyebrows (Eleven’s anyone?).
So besides unplugging and putting down our devices, what can we do? Luckily, improvement can be made without going under the knife. Injectable offer instant gratification. One of the newest procedures that we offer in our practice is a thread lift. This procedure also offers immediate results with minimal discomfort and downtime and works by generating new collagen in treated areas. When done on the neck, it tightens the skins and reduces the appearance of jowls and wrinkles. Microneedling is also another option that is done on a monthly basis and can help to aid in softening fine lines and wrinkles.
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