How does sleeping position influence wrinkle development? If you sleep for a long time in one position, forces on the skin and changes in the skin can contribute to an increase in the number of wrinkles.
Sleeping positions that cause more wrinkles
Sleeping in a position in which it pushes the face against the pillow (laying in a fetal position) – creases the skin and over a period leads to wrinkles. According to a British sleep study, 41% of people sleep on their sides. Repeatedly pleating the skin leaves permanent marks.
Sleeping on your stomach will also contribute to the formation of wrinkles. The impact of this position likely increases with age because we tend to spend more time on it as we get older.
Younger people tend to change position on an average of 27 times a night, but that decreases by a third to just 16 positions changed in a night as we get older. Every night that we sleep in the same position, with the same folding of the skin, this reinforces the wrinkles.
The truth behind wrinkles
The cause depends on what type of wrinkles they are:
- Dynamic wrinkles are caused by making facial expressions, such as frowning and smiling.
- Static wrinkles occur through factors such as sun damage, genetics and the ageing process, that cause the skin to lose its elasticity
The consensus is the sleep position won’t contribute to wrinkles and even changing your position won’t prevent it. Wrinkles are more likely due to sun exposure, aging and natural expressions in the face and lines and some of these are unavoidable.
Dermal fillers are helpful for restoring healthy volume to your face.
Dermal fillers are used to plump your skin and make it appear smoother. The clinician injects the dermal filler in the specific area with a tiny needle. The fillers are often used to minimise lines around the nose, lips and its aims enhance the lip shape.
Permanent fillers used in the past, such as silicone, are no longer recommended in the face.
The effects usually last 3 to 18 months depending on the type of filler and the area treated. You need regular treatments if you want the effects to last longer.
The fillers are made from the varied materials and effects may be temporary or permanent. It depends on the filler type,
- Poly-L-lactic acid – effects of these injections given over several months may last up to 2 years
- Collagen – effects last between 3 to 4 months
- Polymethylmethacrylate beads – permanent, but risky
- Calcium hydroxylapatite – lasts up to 18 months
- Hyaluronic acid – lasts about 4 to 6 months