Mobile phone face refers to a drooping face caused by the loss of elasticity of facial skin and muscles caused by prolonged smartphone use.
Technology junkies are at risk of sagging their faces, with prolonged use of smartphones and laptops causing the skin and muscles to lose their elasticity, as poor posture can lead to saggy jowls, double chins and corners of the mouth lines – wrinkles that extend from the corners of the mouth down to the chin. Doctors have identified a phenomenon known as “smartphone face” : if a person sits for hours on end with their head bent slightly forward, staring at an iPhone or laptop, their neck muscles shorten, increasing the pull on their cheeks and resulting in a drooping chin. ‘
According to the UK Telecommunications Authority’s 2011 Communications Market Report, 91% of adults use mobile phones, with 27% opting for smartphones. Meanwhile, a horizontal scan report by the Health and Safety Executive says 70-80% of work will be done remotely on laptops by 2015, at least part of the time. The chin and jawline are one of the first areas to show signs of aging. More and more people are paying attention to how they look during video chats, and they may find that their chins aren’t as sharp as they’d like.
The ‘mobile face’ phenomenon is behind a growing business in skin firming treatments and chin surgery, which cost almost £4,290. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), “chin jobs” were the most popular cosmetic procedure in 2011. In 2011, breast augmentation, Botox and liposuction combined to keep chin jobs at bay.