IS TOO MUCH TEXTING CAUSING “TURKEY NECK?”
POSTED ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017 AT 11:29 AM
Texting on your phone too much could cause neck wrinkles or “Smart phone neck” as it has been dubbed, reports the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Another cell phone side effect can be breakouts on the side of the face where you hold your phone. To alleviate this, try exfoliating that side of the face nightly or try keeping your phone from touching your face. You may also benefit from a skin care plan and products from your doctor. Dr. Lyle Back explains that, “Wrinkles and crepey skin on the neck are very common. Some are even arguing that consistent texting and web browsing on your cellphone can contribute to these issues. That constant looking down posture leads to a scrunched up neck.”
If these less invasive options are still not enough, Philadelphia area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lyle Back offers other aesthetic options for neck lines and wrinkles.
CHEMICAL PEELS, FACIALS… AND MICRONEEDLING
You might choose to combine a neck facial with a laser treatment, light therapy, chemical peel or a customized skin care product regimen, depending on your surgeon’s advice. Dr. Back loves Microneedling skin rejuvenation - the new, popular, and easy way to tighten, smooth and firm skin.
Dr. Back explains that, “A long, narrow neck and a strong jawline are desirable aesthetic traits. But aging or weight fluctuations can hide the neck, jaw and chin – with loose skin or pockets of fat. Depending on which problem you have, a surgeon may recommend neck lift surgery (to address loose neck skin) or lipo-contouring of the neck area. Determining the right procedure will involve an assessment of your skin elasticity, health and medical history. But today, we have many very effective office treatments - that might be all that is needed!”
The vertical bands that extend from under the chin to the base of the neck are caused by the neck muscle called the platysma. Botox can be injected into the muscle to temporarily reduce the appearance of these bands. This is a simple in office procedure that requires no anesthesia and allows you to get right back to your normal activities.
Neck liposuction for fat removal
During liposuction, Dr. Back makes a small incision below the chin, and removes excess fat. This procedure is often done alone or may be performed as part of a neck lift or facelift. If this is the only procedure you’ll need, you should plan to spend approximately an hour undergoing the operation. Your incisions will be stitched and bandaged. This procedure requires an anesthetic and you should allow five to ten days for recovery. It’s very important to follow your doctor’s instructions on properly caring for any stitches and bandages in the days following surgery.
Neck lift procedure
Sometimes called a cervicoplasty or neck lift with platysmaplasty, the procedure will last two to three hours. Of course, if you are having a neck lift in conjunction with liposuction, facelift, forehead lift, or other surgeries, the time will vary accordingly. Your exact procedure will depend on your desired results and your own personal circumstances. In order to undergo a neck lift, you must be in good general health, both physically and mentally.
Once the muscle has been tightened and any excess fat removed the skin is re-draped over the neck. Any excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed with sutures. It is possible your surgeon may place a drain under the skin on the neck to collect any fluid that would increase your post op swelling and discomfort. If you surgeon chooses to use a drain it might remain in place only a day or two. You would be instructed on how to care for the drain if it needs to stay in for a longer period of time.