Courtesy of ABCNews via Suzan Clarke
The sun, poor diet and stress can all wreak havoc on skin, but your tech can, too. The phenomenon is known as “tech neck,” a phrase that describes how people’s electronic devices could be causing the skin on their necks to sag.
The constant attention people pay to their cellphones and laptops and tablets does come with consequences, Dr. Harold Lancer, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, said.
“Anything that's electronic captures your attention and you have to bend your neck, you're just ruining the neck muscles,” Lancer told Good Morning America.
Lancer likened the neck muscles to the wires in a suspension bridge, such as the Golden Gate Bridge.
“If you're always looking down, those wires are loose, they're not toned. So the muscles are loose, the skin on top of the muscles are loose. It gets all crinkly and wrinkly, and it looks bad,” he said.
Lancer says he has seeing more and more patients who complain of sagging neck skin. Many of those clients are younger than 40.
“Their main concern is, ‘Doc, I have a droopy neck,’ and they're 23 years old. ... So that sort of early concept of a turkey gobbler neck, droopiness, very common and it's triggered by always looking down,” he said. “Cellphones, all sorts of tablets, looking down at your computer screens all the time. This is such an electronic group that they're inducing early aging.”
Lancer says prevention is key. It’s important to keep the skin of the neck out of the sun and to keep it well moisturized.
“You have to keep applying something that has a retinoid in it, a glycolic acid, salicylic acid, something that stimulates skin repair,” he said.
Lancer also said the way people sleep is important.
“Think about it. When you're all crunched up in sort of like the fetal position, sleeping, this neck tissue's all crunched up with it,” he said. “So it's to an advantage to stretch the head back with a round pillow underneath the neck, sort of extending the neck.”
If it’s too late for prevention and a cure is needed, there are noninvasive procedures that can improve the appearance of the sagging skin.
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