More than ever before, technology has dominated our daily lives, with the rise in popularity of smartphones, tablets, and all sorts of other devices that put the power of the internet right in our palms. Smartphone technology has made our lives much easier, but it has brought with it some signs of aging that we have not seen very often before.
Technology and aging
Could modern technology be making us age faster? Although there is no scientific study on this subject, it is possible that technology accelerates the aging process to some extent. The most important mechanism here is the wrinkles created by the new expressions that our face constantly takes in order to be able to look at the tiny screens of smartphones throughout the day. Fixed wrinkles, especially from squinting at smartphone screens, lead to increased wrinkles around the eyes and between the eyebrows.
There are many ways you can minimize additional damage from smartphone use. One trick is to adjust the phone’s settings to make the font sizes more visible. Taking lots of breaks and switching to the computer for more complex tasks are also important ways to rest your facial muscles. If you are going to read long texts, you should choose a device with a large screen size that does not require you to squint your eyes. Again, the high screen brightness and the reflection of the surrounding light from the screen can be counted among the other factors that reduce the reading comfort and contribute to the wrinkles around the eyes. If you regularly read e-books and you haven’t heard of them yet, “Kindle” may be the right choice for you.
The role of the plastic surgeon
Botulinum toxin application is the simplest option in the treatment of mimic wrinkles caused by excessive and repetitive activity of the muscles around the eyes. Botulinum toxin will weaken the muscles in this area and slow down the changes due to muscle hyperactivity. In some cases, the wrinkles may be so settled that they do not benefit from botox treatment. In cases where there is accompanying excess skin, droopy eyelid and muscle relaxation in the eyelid, a blepharoplasty surgery that structurally corrects the eyelid may be beneficial. Blepharoplasty can also be combined with resurfacing, non-surgical treatments such as laser, peeling, dermabrasion to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles caused by eye contraction.
With the right combination of prevention and care, you can minimize the signs of aging caused by smartphones and slow the development of negative signs that technology use can create on your face.