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As we age, our bodies undergo a myriad of changes, some of which become more pronounced in the facial area. One of the common signs of aging that many individuals experience is the prominence of the platysma muscle. This muscle, situated in the neck, can contribute to the appearance of sagging or drooping skin, creating what is commonly referred to as the "turkey neck" or "tech neck" effect. However, with the advancement of cosmetic dermatology, neurotoxin treatments have emerged as a powerful tool in addressing this concern, providing individuals with a minimally invasive solution to combat the signs of aging.

It is no secret that much time is spent staring down at screens on our smartphones and tablets daily. But do you know that this activity can also be physically detrimental? A condition dubbed "tech neck" is to blame for the development of unattractive vertical bands on the neck that result from craning the head downward while checking our smart devices.

In decades past, most men and women did not have to worry about the prominent appearance of platysma bands, along with sagging jowls and double chins, until midlife. However, with technology now in our hands around the clock, tech neck has become a concern for younger generations. Treatments are available at Blush Med Spa to banish these bothersome bands, including BOTOX, aka neurotoxin injections.

How to prevent tech neck

The appearance of neck platysmal banding, better known as vertical neck bands, are folds that form in the front of the neck. Composed of fat and superficial muscles, they are one of the earliest signs of aging, especially among women. When tech neck is experienced, these bands may become visible sooner. One of the most obvious ways to slow their development is to look at your smartphone or tablet less frequently. Since that may not be a realistic option, some things can be done to prevent the appearance of tech neck.

Ergonomics is important. Strive to maintain proper posture as you type on a keyboard or text on your phone, as this can help prevent skin from creasing or sagging. Be sure to stand up and stretch throughout the day, and consider placing your monitor on a stand or employing a standing desk to keep it at eye level. This may keep you from looking down at a screen. Sit in a chair with a headrest, as this will help you avoid flexing your neck forward. Also, be sure to stay hydrated as this keeps the spinal disks healthy and pliable and is the key to preventing tech neck.

Platysma prominence is an unattractive disruption to the neck, jawline, and lower face. It's caused by the contraction of the platysma muscle, which is a flat, superficial muscle in the lower face and neck. The platysma muscle helps form facial expressions.

If you are frustrated with the appearance of platysma bands resulting from tech neck, you may be wondering how to make them less visible. Non-invasive procedures such as neurotoxin injections can be especially effective for smoothing the bands and restoring the youthful appearance of your neck. To treat the neck with neurotoxin, our skilled injectors at Blush Med Spa CT inject small, precise quantities of BOTOX into the platysma bands. This softens and weakens them so that they no longer appear as prominently.

As a result, the skin appears tighter and smoother. In many cases, if treatments are begun soon enough, it is possible to prevent the appearance of this banding from developing further. Because there is no downtime involved with this quick and easy treatment, most patients can resume their daily activities immediately afterward.

To further enhance the dramatic improvements that can be experienced, injectable dermal fillers can be used in conjunction with BOTOX. Many dermal fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, a gel-like substance that is produced naturally by the body. It works to keep the skin soft and smooth and acts as a "cushion" under the skin. Fillers plump the treated areas and help reverse the aged, overworked appearance that results from tech neck.

PDO Threads to tighten neck

Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are thinner-than-hair medical-grade absorbable threads that lift and tighten sagging skin tissues. These threads are implanted into the subcutaneous layer of the skin using small needles or cannulas. Once the threads are inserted, the skin looks rejuvenated, filled, and lifted. A PDO thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure that helps tighten a person's skin. Without the need for incisions, unlike most facelift procedures, PDO thread lifting uses tiny needles to insert fine threads under the skin. These PDO threads are specially designed to anchor the sagging skin and lift it upwards. The threads also stimulate collagen production, which further diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Radiofrequency (RF) energy is also commonly used to tighten and improve sagging skin on the neck. With RF microneedling treatments, fine needles create tiny punctures in the skin. This sends the body into repair mode by boosting its collagen production, a protein that keeps skin soft and supple. RF is also used as part of non-invasive laser skin tightening treatments. By heating the skin, collagen production increases, and the fibers within are tightened to produce a firmer appearance. Meanwhile, small bulges can be tackled with Mini FX. This non-invasive body-sculpting treatment also employs RF technology, paired with negative pressure massage and deep cell heating, to contour hard-to-reach areas of the body, including the neck, jawline, and below the chin.

Platysma prominence can be effectively managed with the support of noninvasive treatments at Blush Med Spa, offering individuals a reliable method to improve the appearance of their neck area and regain a more youthful and vibrant look. Schedule a consultation with Blush Med Spa CT and discover how a more youthful appearance can be achieved.

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