Between your smartphone, tablet, laptop, and other devices, how much time do you spend looking down each day? Chances are, it’s a lot more than you realize. As our lives become more tech-enabled and tech-enhanced, we are spending more and more time with our heads turned down. Some are worried that this may be causing excess wrinkling in the neck, an unattractive phenomenon that has earned the nickname “tech neck.” But, is it true? Can spending all of that time looking down while you text, read, or email really cause your neck to wrinkle?
Tech neck may be real, but it’s not as bad as you think
So far, there hasn’t been a lot of of focused research regarding the realities of tech neck. Some suggest that constantly looking down may eventually, over an extremely long period, cause some fine lines and wrinkles in the neck, but not enough for them to earn their own nickname. However, it is more likely that we are simply becoming more aware of lines and wrinkles in the neck (and the face) thanks to the popularity of selfies and other visages of ourselves on social media. Habits such as taking selfies or regularly updating profile photos for online uses draw greater and greater attention to our appearance, and for many that may mean focusing on any little imperfection, real or perceived. Poorly staged selfies and profile photos may also cause the appearance of neck lines and creases to be more obvious than they really are.
Neck changes will happen regardless of your tech usage
Neck wrinkles, lines, and creases will happen regardless of your use of technology. It is simply a fact of life and part of the natural aging process. Over time, the effects of gravity, weight fluctuations, loss of collagen and elasticity, and sun and environmental factors all take a toll on the skin, but often these effects are most visible on the face, neck, and hands — areas that all spend much more time exposed to the sun, elements, and the eyes of others than any other parts of the body. It is natural for the skin of the neck to begin to sag, and the effect may be amplified by sagging facial skin around the jawline and chin. These are all perfectly normal changes that have nothing to do with technology.
How to minimize neck lines and wrinkles in selfies and photos
You can minimize the appearance of creases or wrinkles in your neck by changing the way you hold your head and upper body when taking selfies or other photos. First, hold the camera above your eyeline so that you are forced to tilt the chin up slightly. Tilting your head a bit to one side will also help. These two moves help draw out the length of the neck, making it look longer and smoother. In addition, be sure your shoulders are back and you are standing or sitting with excellent posture. Finally, smile. Show off a fabulous smile that can’t be missed and no one will care about the state of your neck.
Options for unwanted neck creases and wrinkles
If, after changing your approach to selfies and photographs, you are still concerned about the state of your neck, schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon to determine the best options for treating your lines and wrinkles. For patients with obvious neck wrinkles or sagging skin across the neck, a facelift or Monarch mini-facelift may be the answer, while for other patients, BBL SkinTyte treatments may be more appropriate. A facelift, with or without liposuction of the neck, may tighten skin across the lower portion of the face, thus drawing up and smoothing out the skin of the neck. BBL SkinTyte uses broad band lightwaves to address the tissues of underlying the skin in order to cause them to firm up and thus reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.To learn more about your neck treatment options, call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing locations or (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location.