‘Tech neck’ has been proven. American scientists have researched the amount of pressure put on the neck when scrolling on your phone and found that it can be equivalent to adding 50 pounds of force, leaving some of us needing surgery to repair the damage.
There’s also an aesthetic implication as tech neck can result in prominent lines and wrinkles extending down to our decolletage. Known as necklace lines, these are the deep horizontal lines on the neck.
The price of our Smartphone addiction
Sometimes known as ‘nomophobia’ or fear of being without a mobile phone, our addiction means that we spend, on average more than five hours a day staring down at our phones. Scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern found that tipping our heads forward at a 45-degree angle increases the force by almost 50 pounds. This strains the nerves and muscles repeatedly, potentially causing muscle stiffness, nerve inflammation, arthritis, bone spurs and herniated discs. They are also responsible for the development of deep necklace lines.
How do necklace lines develop?
Necklace lines are caused by the natural ageing process combined with lifestyle factors. In our mid- to late-20s, collagen and elastin start to decline. These naturally occurring proteins give skin structure, strength and elasticity; as they deplete, lines and wrinkles appear.
Lifestyle factors such as sun damage, smoking, weight fluctuations and hormonal changes all accelerate that collagen and elastin loss. A more recent phenomenon – the hours we spend glued to our phones – is also a factor. The more time we spend engaging in activities which lead to the folding of the skin, the earlier the lines develop.
What are the treatment options for neck lines?
Temporary hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are used to fill the lines, smoothing the line of the neck. Injectable moisturisers, such as Profhilo, are also emerging as an effective treatment for tech neck lines. Unlike dermal fillers, Profhilo doesn’t add volume but tightens the skin by actively stimulating collagen and elastin production. It also improves skin hydration, tone and texture for a natural rejuvenation.
A longer-lasting alternative is the Silhouette Soft thread lift. Bi-directional absorbable threads first mechanically lift the skin, and then the tiny cones on the threads, which are anchored deep in your skin, stimulate the body’s collagen and elastin production, and this further improves the results. Results should last between 18 months and two years.
For more advice on treating tech neck lines, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation.