In a world where we sometimes spend more time looking down at our cell phones than we spend looking at each other, it comes as no surprise that overuse of technical devices is causing us to age more rapidly. Case in point, the phenomenon known as tech neck—a condition caused by repetitively tilting your head downwards to look at your mobile device, therefore causing the delicate skin on your neck to wrinkle and show signs of aging more quickly than ever before. But never fear, there’s a fix waiting at your dermatologist’s office.
“The biggest buzz regarding tech neck is now in the world of aesthetic medicine, plastic surgery and cosmetic dermatology,” says Lauren Abramowitz, founder of Park Avenue Skin Solutions. “It’s the carpal tunnel for the mobile phone generation!” Below, Abramowitz gives InStyle the scoop on why it’s a buzzy topic, how we can prevent it, and the latest fixes for getting rid of those dreaded tech neck lines.
Why is everyone talking about 'tech neck' lately as one of the new skincare concerns?
Every generation is becoming more tech savvy, striving to keep up in the hyper connected world we live in, says Abromowitz. Constant folding of the skin from repetitive motion has played a role in the aging neck. Aesthetic concerns associated with tech neck include skin laxity, creepiness, double chin and wrinkles. Since the era of selfies, neck treatments, whether preventative or corrective, have become more of an area of concern.
6 Innovative New Ways to Treat 'Tech Neck':
1. Body Self-Awareness
This the first step in treating tech neck, according to Abramowitz. Keeping your head at a 0 degree angle and practicing being conscious about your posture and alignment are key.
2. Fat-Melting Injections
If you are trying to eradicate the “double chin” or “turkey neck,” Kybella injections will be the treatment of choice for you, she says. A cytotoxic agent that destroys fat cells and eliminates neck fat was just FDA approved last year. This has been a major breakthrough in the battle to achieve the perfect profile.
3. Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are my go-to product if the horizontal lines on your neck are deeply etched in. Dermal fillers are great because they provide instant gratification. There is also an antidote called hyaluronidase, which is an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid. Therefore, if patients are not satisfied with the results, the product can be dissolved just as fast as it was injected, making it a safe and effective option to battle neck lines.
4. A Touch of Botox
The well known and now household name Botox comes into handy when addressing the aging neck. It can help relax the vertical (platysma) muscle, which gives the neck a ropey look.
5. Radiofrequency Waves
In office laser treatments such as the Fractora, the newest ablative RF fractionated technology, stimulate the skin’s fibroblast cells to regenerate collagen and tighten the skin.
6. Intense Pulsed Light
To repair sun damage and overall texture, a non-ablative, high peak power IPL like Lumecca is ideal. Over the last year, my private practice has experienced more requests for neck consults and treatment to tackle their neck concerns, she explains. Neck treatments should go hand in hand with face treatments. Nobody wants to have a fresh, rejuvenated, youthful face and an old neck!
What are the preventative measures?
Since eradicating technology is highly unlikely in this day and age, body self-awareness is the number one thing you can do to prevent tech neck. Keeping your head at a 0 degree angle and practicing consciousness about your posture and alignment. If you choose an in office approach, all of the procedures listed above can be performed to prevent aging of the neck.
If you choose an at home approach there are numerous topical formulas on the market that can boost moisture, plump out fine lines, resurface and tighten the skin.