How Do You Treat “Tech Neck” Wrinkles?

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You love your technology, but did you know that constantly looking down at your smartphone or tablet could be the reason you are seeing new wrinkles on your neck? Most often when we are using electronics to scroll social media or browse the web, our head and neck are bent downward. This creates an extended period of creasing in the sensitive skin around the neck. Do it enough and you develop deep, permanent creases known as “tech neck” wrinkles. This new development in wrinkling may be why med spas everywhere are seeing an increase in demand for neck wrinkle treatments.

Throwing out our devices isn’t going to happen, so here are some great solutions to help combat the signs of tech neck wrinkles.

Preventative Care

There are some easy habits you can incorporate into your daily routine to help avoid further wrinkling. By now, you’ve hopefully learned the importance of a good skincare routine on your face, but are you giving your neck this same kind of love and care? The skin on the neck is thin and more sensitive to changes in the body as well as other environmental factors. Using good quality skin care products, moisturizing daily and applying sunscreen is a great start to fighting back against future wrinkles.

A nonsurgical cosmetic treatment could be just what you need to rejuvenate that oh-so sensitive skin around the neck when skincare alone isn’t enough.

Laser Treatments for Neck Wrinkle Reduction

Laser treatment for tech neck wrinkles has become increasingly popular due to its effectiveness to reduce the appearance of those pesky lines and wrinkles as well as other common skin issues. Our fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment is a quick and effective option for treating tech neck wrinkles and creating a more youthful neckline and décolletage.

Since the CO2RE Fractional CO2 laser addresses both the outer layer of skin as well as the deeper, underlying layers, most men and women only need 1 treatment for healthier looking skin. Downtime is typically around 3 to 5 days before resuming normal activities.

Radio Frequency Treatments Could Help, Too

If time is not on your side, there are gentler, less aggressive treatments such as radio frequency (RF) skin rejuvenation that could give you the results you want with less commitment to treatment time and recovery. Boasted as a lunchtime treatment, rf skin rejuvenation only takes about 30 minutes to complete and requires little to no downtime.

RF devices like Syneron’s eMatrix, use thermal energy to heat deep beneath the skin to encourage collagen and elastin production. Although results vary from person to person, most men and women experience improvements after just 1 treatment. However, to see optimal results a series of 3 to 4 sessions scheduled 4 weeks apart is recommended.