In today’s hyperconnected world where the average person uses their phone for three hours per day, a new kind of skin wrinkle is emerging. It’s known as ‘Tech Neck’ and it’s the latest cosmetic ageing concern facing phone obsessed millennials.

Although neck wrinkles are inevitable with age, skin specialists are seeing an increase in clients who are concerned about the lines on their neck and décolletage caused by constantly looking down at their screens. Luckily, there are ways to prevent and improve this emerging skin issue without going under the knife; let’s take a closer look!

What is tech neck?

In today’s tech obsessed world, we constantly have our heads looking downward at our phone or smart device screens as we read, text or scroll through social media on our devices. Not only does this impact our posture but it also triggers the development of fine lines that change the quality of the skin around our neck.

The skin on our neck is delicate and when our head is tilted at a 45-degree angle, we’re pinching the skin into folds, leaving our muscles in a loosened and untoned state. This repeated movement can make our skin age prematurely and can develop into deeply etched horizontal lines overtime.

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How do I prevent it?

Preventing wrinkles can be difficult, and while many of us invest in a solid skincare routine for our face, the ‘neck and dec’ can often be forgotten. For those who like a ‘preventative in a jar’ it’s essential to encourage skin regeneration by exfoliating the skin once to three times a week, followed by collagen plumping products the Balense Rapid C Concentrate in the morning and Balense Intensive Retinol Serum at night to help tighten any sagging skin.

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In the end, prevention is always the best solution and body self-awareness is crucial to preventing horizontal necklines. Positioning our devices in a way that allows the neck to remain in a neutral position will not only relieve strain on our backs but also stop us from looking downward and causing tech neck in the first instance.

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How do I treat it?

In-clinic treatments such as micro-needling and Fractional RF skin tightening are just some of the ways to restore the skin back to its original state, helping to correct the light creases and wrinkles forming on the neck. These skin tightening treatments stimulate new collagen and encourage tissue build up for smoother, more toned skin. By undergoing a series of treatments, those who are concerned about their tech neck will be able to reduce the visible neck creases, assisting in a more youthful, fresher neck and décolletage.

If you’re concerned about the skin on your neck and décolletage, we recommend booking a complimentary consultation with one of our highly skilled dermal technicians who will be able to tailor a treatment plan to suit you. Book online or visit your local Australian Skin Clinics location today.