Rise of the ‘smartphone face’: Is technology to blame for sagging complexions?

I think that it is possible to stop and even reverse the look of a sagging jaw. First of all realign your computer monitor so that you are not looking down. Chin level, looking straight ahead is probably the best advantage for your face. The same with your phone…be aware of your facial posture, perhaps an ear piece would be helpful and if you’re using Face Time, position the phone more eye level.

Facial exercise will help correct those sagging jowls and that wattle. Try this exercise at your desk…(lift your chin, nestle your tongue flat in the roof of your mouth, push up with your tongue and count to five)
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By SADIE WHITELOCKS

cellphones cause sagging faces

Watch out! Experts believe smartphone use could promote sagging jowls

Technology addicts may be at risk of sagging jowls, according to aesthetic experts.

It is believed that smartphone and laptop use, could cause facial skin and muscle to lose its elasticity as people spend an increasing amount of time sitting with their heads bent.

It is now believed that the phenomenon, dubbed ‘smartphone face’ could be behind the growing trend for skin tightening treatments and chin implants which cost around £4,290.

According to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) ‘chinplants’ are becoming the fastest growing cosmetic surgery trend.

In 2011 its popularity grew more than breast augmentation, Botox and liposuction combined.

And a number of leading doctors believe that technology could be behind the growing trend, as poor posture can promote saggy jowls, double chins and ‘marionette lines’ – the creases from the corners of the mouth down the chin.

Confirming the condition, coined ‘smartphone face’, Dr Mervyn Patterson of the Woodford Medical group told the Evening Standard: ‘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.’

According to Ofcom’s 2011 Communication Market Report 91 per cent of adults use a mobile phone while 27 per cent opt for smartphones.

Meanwhile the Health and Safety Executive’s Horizon Scanning paper reports that by 2015, 70-80 per cent of workers could be, at least partially, working remotely from a laptop.

ASPS president Dr Malcolm Roth also suggests that the use of video chat causes people to be more conscious of their appearance.

sagging facesTechnology to blame? This patient underwent surgery to change the shape of her face – pictures courtesy of Dr. Sherman, a plastic surgeon based in San Diego

‘The chin and jawline are among the first areas to show signs of ageing.

‘As more people see themselves on video chat technology, they may notice that their jawline is not as sharp as they want.’

While chin implants are still relatively rare in the UK, surgeons have noticed a rise in the number of requests.

A spokesperson from UK cosmetic surgery provider, Transform, told MailOnline: ‘Over the past 18 months to two years we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of those opting for the procedure, but we’re around three years behind the U.S. so we expect a similar pattern to gradually emerge.’

Dr Nick Lowe of London’s Cranley Clinic revealed that other causes of a sagging complexion can include a naturally short, weak chin, weight fluctuations and even exercise and diet.

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2 Comments

  1. kathyrowland on May 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Oh my gosh! Smartphone Face?! As if ‘natural’ aging isn’t enough! Thankfully, I’ve found products that work and don’t involve plastic surgeons. Maybe you’ve heard of Arbonne…we market the botanically based, premium Re9 Advanced anti-aging skin care. (I especially love our Age-Defying Neck Cream!)



    • cynthia on May 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Oh yes, we have heard of Arbonne! In fact, many of the distributors are Facial Magic users! Creams and lotions will not stop sagging facial muscles!