“Tech Neck” is the newest ailment to result from modern technology found in people who own an average of 3 devices. But in fact, owning just one device (a cell phone) and using it incorrectly will do the trick. The repeated bending of the neck is causing creasing, wrinkles and crepey skin in men and women at a younger and younger age. “The problem of wrinkles and sagging of the jowls and neck used to begin in late middle age but, in the last 10 years, because of ‘tech neck’, it has become a problem for a generation of younger women,” said Dr Christopher Rowland Payne, a consultant dermatologist at The London Clinic. Add in the fact that most people tend to forget to use sunscreen on the neck and dermatologists around the world are reporting men and women coming in at a much younger age (18 to 39 years of age) to address aging necks.
How do we avoid “Tech Neck?” Holding our devices at 0 degrees (as shown in the chart above) will help us avoid wrinkling and creasing. I write with my laptop in bed so my posture and neck position is just about as bad as it gets. I have had issues with my neck for a couple of years since I had a TCA peel done by a very well known plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills that went south. The peel caused wrinkling and crepey skin that was not there before…. and then compound that with the bending over a computer screen daily and using my cell phone incorrectly. It’s been a recipe for NECK aging disaster!
Dr. Derek Jones is a world renowned leader in the field of non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
An Associate Professor of Dermatology at UCLA and Founder and Medical Director SCLP Beverly Hills.
Dr. Derek Jones and I put together a strategy to combat “Tech Neck.” Our first line of defense and the start of “Operation No Mas Tech Neck” was to inject my neck with the dermal filler Belotero. A smaller molecule injectable and a product that is easier to mold than most of the other injectables. Dr. Jones used a cannula (a fine needle that is inserted under the skin to treat a large area) to fill in the lager creases and start the process of filling in the crepey areas. This is our second time filling, as we are trying to build up the product under the skin. It’s a process, but one where I am getting immediate gratification as the results are fantastic. We most likely will inject a few more times before we start up with the lasers. Treating the neck is not easy as the skin is so thin, delicate and there is not a lot of fat. When treating the neck, please avoid at all costs anything that will decrease fat. A few months back I tried the Ulthera at another doctor’s office, a laser that is touted as a skin tightener. I do believe that The Ulthera melted some of the fat in my neck creating more wrinkles and more creases. When dealing with the face and neck PLEASE make sure to go to only the best dermatologist in your area.
Please stay tuned as I will be reporting back on each process I try in the war against Tech Neck and aging!! At this point…. two thumbs up for dermal fillers in the neck.
DISCLOSURE: I paid full price for all of my treatments with Dr. Derek Jones. This is not an advertisement in any form. This is my personal journey and I am hoping to help and enlighten on the war against neck aging.
Hmmm, I’ll stick with the 0 degree angle on my phone. I’m not tech crazed as everyone else, so this isn’t really much of a problem for me. I just don’t like needles and will stay away from injectables. But this is still great information!
My husband and I were just talking about something similar. It seems like this is becoming a problem in this day & age. It’s not just about sitting up straight anymore (like our parents told us to do), but you need to adjust your whole way of looking at technology. It’s very important!
A good solution is not to be on your phones, ipads, video games as much and get outside and enjoy what God has blessed us with….beautiful nature! I think we as a society are just too wrapped up in out gadgets and what’s on FB & Instagram to even want to look up to see what’s in front of us. It is the sign of the times!
I almost started laughing when I read this but you have a very valid point.
I am not shocked that this is starting to happen. People are on their mobile devices all day everyday and it makes me wonder what people did before cell phones.
I didn’t even know there was a treatment for this? I am interested in knowing more.
It is amazing what damage we do to our bodies with all the new technologies.
Sometimes electronics help us and sometimes it hinders us. We just need to learn to adapt to our tech world and do it properly for our bodies. This is great information! Thank you for sharing!
I have to admit that I am tied to my gadgets. I love them. I need to pay more attention to my posture and how I’m viewing my technology.
I thought my turkey neck was just from getting older. I didn’t even think all that time on my phone was also a culprit.
Recently my Chiropractor has been telling me about the same thing.
Laura Dunn to the rescue again. Only you would love your peeps so much that you want to save us from a certain “Saggy” death!
How horrible to look older just by using your tech devices! No thank you! Thanks for the info! I try hard to remain youthful and I’ll be darned if this is what will be my demise!
This Dr. sounds top notch. I think it is time to look into making some changes for the better.
Too bad I am scared to death of needles!
This seems rather drastic…can we start with maybe some neck and back exercises?
This sounds super expensive but many people would definitely pay the price.
Being high tech seems to be highly painful!
This is such good information. I think more people will be more conscious of this issue now that you have brought it to light.
Please keep us informed of your progress; I would love to see what the changes are.
I’m not surprised this is going on. We are a tech obsessed society (I’m totally guilty)! I never even thought about the long term effects though. Great information! Thank you!
Great info, but this is not for me. I don’t like needles and I just can’t afford to do something like this. I’ll have to be more mindful of how I view my devices. And continue to use the awesome anti-wrinkle creams that you have told us about in the past!