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'Tech neck' and how to treat it

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In the digital world we live in, many of us spend a lot of time with our heads down buried in our smartphones.

"I find myself, even with an iPad, with any type of electronic device, you're always looking down," said Janette Lopez-Silvero. Over time, she has noticed some creasing on her neck.

"I would like to see it a little tighter, so it looks a little nicer in that cocktail dress you have to wear to a social function," she said. "And it just makes you feel good."

Dr. Ariel Ostad, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, said: "That persistent position, where you are bending and flexing your neck forward, as a result, that constant motion will etch some lines into your neck."

Ostad said our addiction to smartphones is taking a serious toll on our necks. Some are even calling it "tech neck."

"I definitely think, given the time we spend on our smart phones, that is absolutely contributing to the problem," Ostad said. "Over a chronic period of time, this causes collagen loss, and with collagen loss, we begin to see early signs of aging."

Janette is taking action by getting a treatment called Pellevie, which stimulates new collagen.

"Pellevie is using radio frequency to basically deliver a precise amount of heat right on the skin," Ostad said. "And over the course of three to five treatments, we definitely establish more collagen in the skin and really improve the neck."

Pellevie costs roughly $500 a session. Most people need about three to five appointments. It only takes a half an hour. And some results are immediate.

Janette should see a big difference in about a month. The results last up to three years.

And if you're starting to see signs of "tech neck" on yourself, Ostad has some words of wisdom.

"The advice I give patients is to try to hold the phone up a little higher so your chin is not touching your neck," he said. "Certainly keep your head up."

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