Mobile devices have certainly made our lives easier, but all that staring down at the screen contributes to more wrinkles and skin laxity on your neck resulting in “tech neck”. Tilting your head down repeatedly while using your smartphone or tablet squishes the skin on the neck and because this skin is delicate this repeated movement easily leads to wrinkles and skin sagging, making the skin look aged.
Luckily, there are many in-office treatments available that tackle “tech neck” without significant downtime. One of our favorite treatments for overall sagging skin and wrinkles on the neck and lower face is Ultherapy. This ultrasound based treatment stimulates collagen synthesis resulting in tighter skin. Because Ultherapy stimulates collagen, we even recommend doing the treatment for prevention and maintenance before there are noticeable signs of aging, so we have patients doing the treatment as early as their 30s. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Belotero, Restylane and Juvederm can provide a quick fix for more etched in horizontal lines. If thick vertical lines are your concern, then Botox is a very effective treatment to relax the platysma muscle that causes these rope-like bands. Lastly, non-ablative laser resurfacing with Fraxel can work wonders for sun damage and overall texture. With the right combination of treatments, your neck will look youthful in no time, so schedule a consultation today to banish “tech neck” and say hello to a more lifted firmer neck.
By Sejal Shah, MD
February 4, 2019