Tech neck is a serious concern. Take a look around your work space/coffee shop/subway car and note how many people are staring down at their smart phones, head tilted at a 45 degree angle. They could all be victims of a syndrome labeled tech neck.
So what is tech neck? “Laxity of the neck skin—or tech neck—is actually a true phenomenon that can occur from persistent folding of the skin from repetitive motion—like looking down at your phone or laptop computer,” explains Dendy E. Engelman, MD, Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Medicine at the Metropolitan Hospital. “The thin skin of the neck is very prone to wrinkling because the dermis—the layer that contains collagen—is thin. Because of the constitution of the skin in this area, it is at higher risk for showing age than other areas of the head and neck.”
Unfortunately, apart from laser surgery or targeted creams, the only way to avoid tech neck is prevention. “One way to prevent it is to place your laptop or cell phone in a way that allows for your neck to be in a neutral position,” says Dr. Engelman. “Try to bring your smart phone up towards your face instead of moving your neck down to look at it. There aren’t great exercises to prevent the wrinkling in this area because these often stretch the skin more. So, the focus should be on limiting the range of motion.”
And if you’re truly worried, Dr. Engelman suggests Nectifirm by Revision as “a topical treatment that is proven to help with the elasticity of neck skin, thus improving wrinkling and crepiness.” She also advises speaking with your dermatologist about trying laser surgery to make skin look younger and tighter.
We can almost see the phones beginning to rise.