Is the constant use of cellphones, computers and other electronics the reason for premature neck wrinkles, sagging skin and neck pain? Yes, it is.
Constantly looking down causes premature wrinkles in the neck beyond one’s age, and it also results in other problems, such as neck pain.
Tech Neck is basically caused from looking down constantly and most of us overuse our cell phones, iPads and/or computers.One study showed that the average American looks at their phones 80 times a day. We have all seen people dining and looking down at their phones instead of conversing. It has become an addiction across all generations.Other contributing factors to premature neck wrinkles and sagging skin of the neck: Smoking, excess sun exposure, lack of sun block, aging and bad genetics.
What can be done about Tech-Neck?
There are many modalities that can effectively treat wrinkles caused by “Tech Neck” all with little to no down time.
First, of course, your treating physician must see and examine you to determine the best treatment.
Generally, the simplest treatment for younger women and men with mild to moderate neck wrinkling is Micro-needling (with or without radiofrequency). There are a multitude of systems such as the Pixel 8 Microneedling RF platform or the Virtue RF Microneedling system for example.
CO2 Lasers such as COOLPeel
CO2 lasers such as the Tetra CO2 + Cool Peel laser provide minimal to no downtime with great results. As a more aggressive option we recommend the combination of Microneedling and CO2 laser. This combo can be a great solution for moderate wrinkles and neck-lines. Both treatments stimulate the production of collagen and elastin fibers and can decrease wrinkles and neck lines significantly. 3 combination treatments are usually recommended for long lasting results.
PRX T33 Bio Revitalization Peel
A new TCA peel called the PRXT33 peel has proven to tighten the skin and improve skin texture over time. The peel requires no downtime or numbing at all. 4 PRX T33 peels spaced one week apart are required for best outcome.
PDO Threads for Tech-Neck
The use of PDO threads to elevate deep creases and lift sagging skin is an alternate route for aging patients suffering . from severe neck-lines and wrinkles. The results of PDO threads generally last from 1.5 to 2 years, and the procedure takes about 30 minutes. Topical anesthetic creams and local anesthesia may be used to numb patients and the only downside to PDO threads is temporary bruising and swelling.
What can be done to prevent excessive bruising from PDO Threads?
Two weeks of using no anti-inflammatories, such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, aspirin, and no fish oil or flaxseed oil, vitamin E, garlic, ginseng, and turmeric will decrease swelling and bruising.
Plasma Pen treatments are yet another great option for fine necklines created from looking down.
Since looking down at mobile phones will probably continue we should all be prepared to incorporate nonsurgical treatments to counter the side effects.
Renuvion (Formerly J-Plasma)
Renuvion is used to treat sagging skin and wrinkled skin pretty much anywhere on the face and body. Whether you’re looking to tighten skin of the jowls, neck, abdomen or even arms, Renuvion may be the solution you have been looking for. Renuvion is the result of extensive research and the latest clinical development. Because of its proprietary balance of helium and Radiofrequency (RF) energy. The treatment has been described as ideal for medical procedures where precision is key to an effective treatment outcome.
Dr. E. Ronald Finger chose to add this technology to his menu of services because he wanted to offer a minimally invasive and effective skin tightening option with less downtime than surgical procedures. Renuvion’s sophisticated technology remains best in class because it can target the deeper layers of skin without causing damage to the surrounding tissue. This means skin tightening with less recovery time and no scars.
We recommend regular use of professional skincare containing microencapsulated Retinol, hyaluronic acid and ingredients to hydrate the skin and stimulate production of collagen and elastin fibers. All skincare should be applied to the face, neck and décolleté regularly. Daily application of mineral based SPF50 prior to going outside and before getting on the phone or computer is essential to prevent further wrinkling caused by harmful UV exposure. Look for tinted sunscreen, it provides even more efficient protection.
How to remedy neck pain?
The pain that occurs with Tech Neck is from leaning the head forward like a stork when looking down. Surgeons are famous for having these problems as they must look down while performing long surgical procedures, just like those who over-use mobile phones.
We have found the best solution to diminish neck pain is called the “chin tuck,” first written by Robin McKinsey in “Treat Your Own Neck.” This is simply sliding your neck back out of the forward position. This must become a habit to avoid chronic discomfort. Of course you should seek a physician if your neck pain is chronic.
If you are interested in treatments to counter fine lines and wrinkles, contact us at 912-642-3231 to book a consultation with Dr. Finger. We offer consultations in Savannah or Bluffton SC.