“Tech-Neck.” It’s a Real Thing and it could be Aging You!

neck liftAs society has evolved and become more sophisticated over time, we have noticed a slew of new concerns related to health and beauty. For instance, most people now work in offices instead of fields. This has created a large problem with obesity simply because we move far less than our ancestors did. Men and women, due to the constant staring at a computer screen, are struggling with eye issues far more often than used to be common. Did you know that your technology could also be making you age prematurely? This is exactly the idea behind “tech neck,” a recent condition related to looking down at a phone screen every few minutes (come on! You know you’re guilty!).

The downward positioning of the chin creates wrinkling that, over time, results in crepiness, wrinkles, laxity, and even a double chin. Perhaps the rise in these concerns, and our perpetual love of the Selfie is why we are also seeing an increase in neck treatments today.

Are you concerned with the appearance of your neck? Here are some ways to keep this part of your body looking younger:

1.Be more aware. Practice good posture when you are using tech devices so your chin is not at a downward angle so often.
2.Melt the fat. The Kybella era is in full swing, and people are loving the fact that they can have a slimmer chin and better profile with just a few fat-melting injections. Kybella does require a few treatment sessions depending on the extent of submental fullness, and it does take some time to see noticeable results.
3.Fill the lines. Like the forehead, the neck is a common area to see horizontal lines. These can be erased with a hyaluronic acid dermal filler product. The benefit of using dermal fillers to reduce lines and wrinkles on the neck – or anywhere on the body – is that you see an immediate improvement.
4.Relax the muscles. Did you realize that some neck wrinkles are the result of contraction of the plastyma muscle? To reduce the ropey appearance of lines across the neck, we may use Botox to relax this muscle.

The bad news is that the skin on the neck will age at some point. The good news is that this process can be slowed, or even reversed. Patients of our South Miami office have options for laser treatments, chemical peels, Thermage, and more. To address your aesthetic concerns, call 305-669-0184.

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