Smartphones blamed for 'sagging faces'

11:30 Wed May 23 2012
Smartphones blamed for 'sagging faces'
Smartphones blamed for 'sagging faces'

Technology addicts, beware! A new report has claimed that smartphone and laptop use could be behind a trend of sagging complexions dubbed the "smartphone face".

Coined by British cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mervyn Patterson, the term describes a combination of sagging jowls, double chins, and marionette lines (the vertical creases that run from the corners of the mouth towards the chin).

"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," Dr. Patterson told the UK's Evening Standard. "[This leads] to a drooping jawline."

It is also believed that the "smartphone face" phenomenon is behind the rapid increase of "chinplant" patients, with the procedure's popularity growing more than breast augmentation, Botox and liposuction combined during 2011.

While a chin implant will typically set you back around $7,000, there are other less-invasive techniques available such as chin-sculpting injections ($950), Botox treatments ($550), skin-tightening radiofrequency waves ($4,800) and laser facelifts ($4,100).

Or, for those on a snappy budget, experts suggest keeping your posture in mind whenever you're staring into your smartphone.

— Leni Andronicos

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