Have you looked in the mirror lately and noticed a gradual, but growing sag around the jaw and chin?
You might be seeing the signs of dreaded “smartphone face,” according to a report out of London.
Yes, just as sitting all day has been blamed for that spread down under, constantly holding your head down to look at a laptop or smartphone screen may cause facial skin and muscle to lose elasticity, according to a report on Mail Online.com, citing aesthetics experts, including those with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The report says the condition might explain the rise in skin-tightening treatments and chin implants, which reportedly are now more popular than breast augmentation, Botox and liposuction combined.
The report cites one British physician, Dr. Mervyn Patterson of the Woodford Medical in Essex, as explaining:
‘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.’
One U.S. plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Sigal of the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Virginia, has even come up with a “Face Time face-lift” to help correct the sag from hunching over your iPhone 4 or Mac while using Apple’s FaceTime camera feature, which allow users to make video calls to anyone on an iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPod touch, or Mac.
Getting rid of that smartphone face, however, isn’t exactly cheap, and can run about $7,000.