Getting enough quality sleep is important for your skin. Studies show that while we’re sleeping, blood flow increases in our skin, and specialized cells rebuild collagen while also repairing damage from sun exposure. Although aging is a major cause of skin damage, our day-to-day habits also contribute to the development of wrinkles. One of the less talked about causes of wrinkles is the distortion that’s created when the skin is pressed against any sleep surface. Creases form because of this skin positioning and pressure. In fact, any kind of distortion that’s created while your face is pressed up against your pillow while sleeping on your side or stomach can result in the development of wrinkles over time. Sleep wrinkles are more likely to form if you sleep on fabrics that have higher friction forces so the skin can’t glide along them. What many of our patients want to know is: Can fillers help with sleep wrinkles? Our Naples-based Skin Wellness Physicians team explains how hyaluronic acid facial fillers and several other measures can be used to reduce a variety of issues—yes, including sleep wrinkles.
Since sleep wrinkles are caused by pressure on the skin rather than facial muscle movements, the best way of reducing them will be with injectable fillers. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane® are gels that add volume beneath the skin to fill wrinkles out physically so that the surface looks smoother. Collagen-stimulating fillers are also effective on sleep wrinkles because they promote increased collagen production to improve the skin’s texture.
Swap Your Pillowcase
If you’re worried about sleep wrinkles, you need to avoid pillowcases that cause traction. Look for fabrics that allow your skin to slide against them instead of gripping on. Silk or satin pillowcases will usually be best.
Try Changing Your Sleep Position
When you sleep on your side or stomach, there’s constantly pressure on your face that causes lines to be imprinted in the skin. Although it may be uncomfortable at first and take some getting used to, sleeping on your back is the ideal way to avoid this.
If you’re searching for an answer to questions like “Can fillers help sleep wrinkles?” our Naples-based Skin Wellness Physicians team can provide more information about the problem, as well as treatments. Want to learn more? Call us at (239) 732-0044 or submit a contact form to request an appointment.