Do you spend countless hours on your phone or computer every day? If so, you might have noticed the appearance of neck wrinkles caused by constantly looking down at your devices. This commonly known condition is called “tech neck,” and it not only affects the appearance of your skin but can also cause discomfort and stiffness in your muscles.
At our Lafayette, LA aesthetic clinic, Dr. Kevin Duplechain and our team of experts have witnessed a growing number of patients experiencing tech neck wrinkles. Fortunately, we offer a variety of skincare treatments and procedures to prevent and treat these lines and wrinkles caused by excessive tech usage. Let’s explore this issue further and discuss potential solutions!
What are Tech Neck Wrinkles?
Tech neck wrinkles are horizontal lines that form across your neck as a result of loose skin and prominent muscles. These lines often become more noticeable when spending extended periods of time on your computer, attending meetings, or taking selfies. Tech neck lines can prematurely age the delicate skin on your neck, which is thinner than the skin on your face and more susceptible to fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging.
The Role of the “Zoom Phenomenon”
In recent years, the rise of online video meetings, especially on platforms like Zoom, has led many individuals to closely examine their wrinkles and other concerns, particularly in the face and neck. Additionally, the shift towards remote work has provided more opportunities for individuals to recover from cosmetic procedures.
This phenomenon has resulted in an increased demand for cosmetic surgery, dermal fillers, and various skin treatments. This surge in aesthetic treatments for the face and neck has become known as the “Zoom phenomenon.” If you find yourself researching treatments after noticing your reflection more often, rest assured that you are not alone.
What Can I Do to Treat Tech Neck Lines?
There are several simple at-home solutions you can incorporate into your routine to prevent the worsening of tech neck wrinkles. These include using medical-grade skincare products with targeted ingredients and avoiding excessive sun exposure without sunscreen. Additionally, minor office procedures such as Botox® or dermal fillers can be utilized. For more significant tech neck lines and sagging, our team of specialists led by Dr. Duplechain offers a range of treatments.
One everyday adjustment you can make to prevent the worsening of tech neck wrinkles and alleviate associated pain is to be mindful of your posture while using your phone or laptop. Constantly looking down creates folds in the skin of your neck, so it’s important to bring your screen up to eye level, pull your shoulders back, sit up straight, and push your chin forward to maintain a straight neck position. There are now workspace solutions available that allow you to stand and maintain better posture.
If you are experiencing minor lines from tech neck, establishing a good skincare routine is crucial. Dr. Duplechain recommends using medical-grade skincare products that have been clinically proven to combat concerns and maintain skin health. Look for products containing retinol to fight wrinkles and lines, and don’t forget to apply sunscreen daily to your neck and face. You can also explore at-home décolletage treatments through a consultation with one of our experienced aestheticians.
Non-Surgical Skin Tightening
For mild tech neck wrinkles that do not respond to skincare and posture changes alone, you may consider non-surgical skin tightening procedures. These treatments do not require surgery or downtime. Our Lafayette cosmetic surgery practice offers the following options:
- NuEra Tight: This radiofrequency treatment tightens the skin and reduces fat. It is an excellent choice for mildly sagging, loose, crepey, or wrinkled skin.
- Ultherapy: A non-invasive treatment that uses targeted ultrasound energy to lift, smooth, and tighten aging tissues in the face, neck, and chest.
- Laser Skin Rejuvenation: Another non-invasive treatment that targets wrinkles, sagging, and skin laxity, as well as concerns like sun damage or scarring.
- SkinPen and RF Microneedling: Safe options for the neck and other parts of the body, these treatments stimulate collagen and elastin production for smoother skin.
- Peels & Facials: Our aestheticians offer various peel and facial options to hydrate, resurface, exfoliate, and repair the skin, while also minimizing fine lines and wrinkles from tech neck.
Minimally-Invasive Skin Tightening
For more significant tech neck wrinkles and advanced signs of aging, a minimally-invasive skin tightening surgery such as Renuvion may be an ideal solution. This procedure combines the collagen-building power of radiofrequency energy with the precision of cold helium plasma to achieve smoother, firmer skin with minimal downtime. Dr. Duplechain performs the Renuvion procedure at our accredited surgical facility, tailoring the anesthesia and approach to meet each patient’s individual needs.
Face and Neck Lift Cosmetic Surgery
If you have advanced signs of aging, including sagging skin, crepiness, and neck bands, a facelift and/or neck lift may be the most effective solution. Deeper neck surgery allows for the contouring and sculpting of muscles, glands, and fat to enhance the results of a facelift. Dr. Duplechain is nationally renowned for achieving natural-looking results with his deep plane facelift technique for patients over the age of forty.
At our Lafayette, LA clinic, we offer a range of cosmetic treatments for fine lines and wrinkles, including tech neck lines. Schedule a consultation online or contact us at (337) 456-3282 to receive a professional assessment from Dr. Duplechain and our highly-qualified team. Don’t let tech neck wrinkles hold you back from feeling confident and looking your best!