Mary Byron By Mary Byron • January 25, 2018

Smartphone Face and Tech Neck

Technology sometimes isn't really a good thing - not when looking down on our smartphones causes us to have the so-called "smartphone-face and tech neck".  Apart from radiation concerns, addiction to tech gadgets apparently causes us to be saggy and jowly. Amen to that! The term "smartphone face" was supposedly coined by Dr. Mervyn Patterson, a British cosmetic surgeon to describe a combination of double chin, sagging jowls, and marionette lines. Since 2011, there has been a significant growth in chin augmentation procedures, Botox for masseters, and neck-lifts, probably because selfies have a way of bringing unsightly jaw lines and turkey necks to our attention.

"If you sit for hours with your head bent slightly forward, staring at your iPhone or laptop screen, you may shorten the neck muscles and increase the gravitational pull on the jowl area, leading to a drooping jawline."                                                                                                                                           - Dr. Mervyn Patterson as interviewed by the London Evening Standard

Our obsession with things digital causes our heads to be bent down and forward for extended periods. What this does according to Dr. Patterson is  shorten the neck muscles and increase gravitational pull. Aside from jowliness and double chins, rabid use of tablets, smartphones, and tablets cause other premature signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck. 

Aside from postural effects and radiation, another side effect of prolonged use of smartphones is cellphone dermatitis. Apparently, the nickel and cobalt content of the phones can react with the user's skin and cause rashes, not to mention infection from the bacteria on the surface of the phone.

Some people swear by face Yoga and their favorite anti-wrinkle creams. But truth be told, these are often not enough. What would work to diminish the look of neck bands, slim the face, and address skin laxity is a combination of: