It’s true, our digital limb, our best friend and if you do long distance like me, our boyfriend is adding years to our jawline and neck. And it’s been happening for years. The real hero of this story is the treatment that can get rid of tech neck – a nano fractional radio frequency machine that goes by the name of Venus Viva. But let’s start at the beginning.
Do you remember when you got your first phone? I was 13 and it was a weird little thing from Nokia called the ‘lipstick phone’ with the least user friendly interface ever. My screen was a rectangle the size of my thumbnail and I had to scroll to text each individual letter. We’ve come a long way from novelty tech, flip phones and even Blackberries, but one thing that hasn’t changed, and has only kept developing is tech neck. When I first heard about this I was like, is this one of those ‘unavoidable’ side effects of modern day life – like bad eyesight caused by the glare from monitors or blue light affecting quality of sleep?
In some ways, yes. Realistically, none of us are going to abandon our most convenient means of communication, particularly when studies have shown that we value online conversations as much as we do face to face. So the next best thing is to address the aesthetic disadvantages that it causes. One of the most recognisable affects of bowing your head for hours a day are necklace lines. Those pesky tree trunk rings that make you look as if you could be carbon dated, which I’ve previously fought to keep at bay with collagen. The consequences go beyond your neck, even affecting your jawline. My friend and aesthetician Renee says it’s about a 100lbs weight that’s putting pressure on this area’s delicate skin and could be accelerating the growth of that double chin.
This is the true Black Mirror horror story.
Melodrama aside, nano fractional radio frequency is one method to combat tech neck. I’ve had this treatment to reduce my pores and improve my skin integrity and yes, it does hurt but no where near the eye-wincing, tearful but incredibly effective procedure I’ve done before. The Venus Viva delivers waves that reaches the dermis, helping to rebuild collagen. By directly treating the areas where skin laxity has been compromised, you get far more effective and longer lasting results. This is in comparison to last year, when I was faithfully gulping down tropical flavoured anti-ageing Skinade. I saw results while the 30-day trial lasted but as we are continuously ageing (especially those of us who are over 25), the positive effects eventually deteriorated.
And will you be wandering around the office or running errands looking like a victim of aggressive sunburn? Depending on how aggressive the treatment needs to be, redness can last up to 24 hours, but in my experience it subsided after three hours and was gone the morning after. I also didn’t experience any discomfort after I left The Cosmetic Skin Clinic where I was treated by Renee. And as I’ve mentioned before in my Instagram Stories, beyond a haircut there is nothing you can do that doesn’t hurt and has lasting effects. From microblading, working out to get into shape and maintaining your skin (like lasers, microneedling and acid peels), it’s all been worth it for me and if you didn’t already know, I’m a big baby.