Q: Does sleeping on my side give me wrinkles?
A: It can! Patients at my San Francisco plastic surgery practice ask me this often. But don’t panic just yet! Only a small percent of my patients actually present with this problem. Whew!
The telltale signs that your sleeping position is affecting your face are the presence of vertical lines. Still not sure? Try this: press your hand against your face like your favorite pillow. Are you seeing the same pattern on your face when you take your hand away? If so, you may have sleep wrinkles, as demonstrated in this diagram.
However, if you’re noticing a general asymmetry in your features, it’s probably not caused by your sleeping habits. Did you know that all of us have some degree of facial asymmetry (a noticeable difference from their right and left side of their face)? You may like one side as your “good side” in photographs. The “lesser side” is typically the less symmetrical side that is just part of your natural facial development. Most often your left side is your good side. Rest assured, facial asymmetry is natural and not caused by side or face-plant sleeping. You don’t have to give up spooning or your favorite pillow.
Facial symmetry and balance are associated with beauty. If you’re like most people, you’re not born with perfectly symmetrical features. Dermal fillers can help create balance in the cheekbones, correct the presence of under eye bags, and restore volume in the midface. I like to use Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA for these areas. Each has distinct properties to help create beautiful bone structure from the inside out.
There is hope for those who do have sleeping wrinkles. Dermal fillers to the rescue! Vertical wrinkles in the cheeks, on the sides of the nose, or forehead can be corrected with Restylane Silk. The viscosity is just right for correcting these fine lines.
The moral of the story: try sleeping on your back. Easier said than done, I know.
Can’t break the habit? We can help with that. I use dermal fillers like Restylane Silk, along with neuromodulators like BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® at my San Francisco Bay Area practice to correct those vertical lines.
You can see this in the before-and-after pictures from the patient below. Notice the wrinkles on his forehead from side sleeping have been corrected.
Now, you can rest easy.