As if there weren’t enough factors targeting the aging of our face and neck, doctors and beauty experts are now saying that our beloved smartphones and tablets might be to blame for extra wrinkles. Often called “tech neck,” this condition occurs as a result of frequently looking down at these devices, sometimes for long periods of time. The position causes creases, double chins, and wrinkles to form on the lower face and neck. If you’re not going to give up your tech devices, is there any hope for your youthful appearance? Fortunately, facelift and neck lift procedures can do much to thwart these unwanted consequences.
What’s Causing Tech Neck?
Tech neck is officially defined as a condition involving loose skin, lines and wrinkles, skin folds, and a double chin. Take a look at someone who is staring down at a smartphone in his hand and observe the concessions the skin and tissue make in this position. Now, imagine the creases of that tissue arrangement becoming permanent. Tech neck only adds to whatever existing concerns you may have about your aging appearance.
This strange beauty phenomenon is starting to spread as more and more people discover that their addiction to technology is taking its toll. Newly formed double chins, neck creases, and jawline folds have all begun as a result of bending over your smartphone or tablet. The position is much different from that used at a laptop or desktop computer, since the screens are flat and often lying on a surface below eye level. Reading your tablet on the surface of a desk requires a unique positioning of your face and neck. If you spend a lot of time in this position, you’ve probably started to notice some new creases here and there.
How Can You Reverse Tech Neck?
Not a fan of that new wrinkle pattern? While giving up your tech devices forever might sound extreme enough to make a difference, it can’t fix any damage that has already been done. Looking ahead, you might try to make an effort to read your smartphone and tablet screens when they are at eye-level or elevated above you, but even that won’t erase those creases.
A combination facelift and neck lift procedure might be the best way to undo what’s been done by your prized technology. The dual surgery is a great way to address loosening skin, creases, and even double chins. The objective is to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, add smoothness and tautness to the skin, and create a more youthful profile. Tech neck symptoms will be banished by this procedure, leaving you with the clean slate you need to help you change your screen-reading habits.
What Is Facelift Surgery Like?
A facelift is performed in order to enhance the contour and appearance of the lower portion of the face. Typically, the surgery is performed under general anesthesia and lasts about three hours. During a traditional facelift, incisions are made along the hairline, extending in front of and behind each ear, then continuing to the lower scalp. If you’re having a limited facelift, the incisions will be shorter and concentrated just around the ear. Your surgeon will discuss his recommendation for either a traditional or limited facelift approach for your surgery during your consultation together.
Once the incisions are made, the two procedures continue in the same way. The underlying sheet of facial tissue will be tightened for more support. Excess fat cells will be collected from the lower portion of the face and then redistributed or removed, as needed. The skin is then re-draped, the excess skin is trimmed away, and the incisions are sutured closed. The end result of the procedure is a profile that is more refined and more youthful, as well as free of some of the signs of Tech Neck.
What Is Neck Lift Surgery Like?
To completely eliminate the effects of Tech Neck, you will likely need to add a neck lift onto your facelift procedure. This surgery will address the extra folds and sagging skin that has occurred beneath the chin and jaw. This surgical pairing is an ideal way to attack the folding and skin sagging that can occur above and below the jawline.
During a neck lift procedure, your incisions will be placed behind your ears, with an optional extra incision sometimes used beneath the chin. The skin, muscles, and underlying tissue of the neck will all be manipulated to have an improved shape and contour. Any deposits of excess fat will also be suctioned away for a smoother overall look. Your double chin, skin folds, and other unwanted side effects of Tech Neck will be gone once and for all. Well, provided you are able to read your smartphone in a different, less problem-causing position, that is.
Where Can I Get More Information?
Don’t let your bad tech habits ruin your good looks with extra wrinkles and skin folds. Plan a surgical procedure that will combat these unwanted effects by consulting with an experienced facial plastic surgeon. Throughout his career, Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery, offering over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients. A recognized expert in facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (212) 750-7100.