The phrase “you snooze, you lose” takes on a whole new dimension when considering how sleeping affects facial wrinkle formation. Like we need to worry about this on top of everything else? But since we spend one third of our lives asleep, it is something worth considering.When you sleep on a pillow that is patterned or embroidered, you wake up with an impression of that pattern on your face that takes a few minutes to wear off. Imagine having that imprinted on your face for years on end in the same spot, wouldn’t it eventually leave a lasting impression?
Sleep on your back Since the main cause of sleep lines is sleeping on the side and face, the logical preventive method is sleeping on the back. However, changing the way we sleep is NO easy feat. Just like any habit, this one is hard to break. For some, sleeping on the back can be problematic, either due to being overweight or having breathing problems. Unless you are truly diligent and determined to change your sleeping habits, this solution might not be very practical. But nothing is impossible. If you feel this is an option for you, then allow me to be a little bit envious! “Anti-wrinkle” pillows/ breast cushionsI would say that these are worth a try. A recent study tested a hollow pillow and found that when used, it does lessen the appearance of sleep lines in the morning, which can translate into less sleep lines over time. There are a few other pillows that fall under the anti-wrinkle category, like the Vasseur Anti-Wrinkle Beauty Pillow ($49.95, amazon.com) and the SpaceSleeper Pillow ($29.95, amazon.com) but in terms of which is the best, there is no conclusive evidence yet. I would also invest in silk or satin pillow cases. They allow the skin to move on them with less friction, compared to cotton pillow cases, which lessen the chance of lines forming. Procedures: Botox is of no help since these wrinkles are not caused by muscle contraction. The best option is the use of fillers, and collagen production stimulation by laser therapy, as well as subcision (detachment from the underlying facia).
With sleep lines, prevention is definitely easier than treatment. So, at an early age, try training yourself to sleep on your back, and invest in anti-wrinkle pillows. Good luck and thank you for reading! Sources and Pictures: 1- N. Sartfaktoglu et al. A New Phenomenon: “sleep lines” on the Face. Scandinavian Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery & Hand Surgery 2004; 38: 244-7. 2- JE. Fluton, F. Gaminchi. Sleep Lines. Dermatologic Surgery 1999; 25(1): 59-62. 3- S. Fagien. Variable Reconstitution of Injectable Hyaluoronic Acid with Local Anesthetic for Expanded Applications in Facial Aesthetic Enhancment. Dermatologic Surgery 2010; 36(1): 815-21. 4- B. Poljsak et al. The Influence of the Sleeping on the Formation of Facial Wrinkles. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy 2012; 14: 133-8.