If you get a regular eight hours of sleep, then you’re setting yourself up with plenty of great health benefits. Quality sleep has been well-documented as a way to prevent and manage many different health conditions, both physical and emotional. While getting enough sleep can be an excellent way to improve your lifestyle, sleep can unfortunately also be the culprit of some of your wrinkle concerns. With sleep taking up a considerable amount of time throughout your life, it’s important to make sure your skincare goals are keeping up. It can feel like there’s little that can be done against something as important and time-consuming as sleep, but there are steps you can take. With a combination of professional treatments with our cosmetic physicians and some at-home lifestyle changes, you can enjoy smooth, wrinkle-free skin and restful sleep.

How your sleeping position causes wrinkles

If you’re like most people, you sleep on your side; whether laid straight out, in a fetal position, or somewhere in between. Sleeping on your side is one of the most recommended sleeping positions, but it can come with some negatives if you value wrinkle-prevention. If you sleep on your side, it’s likely that your skin is pressed into a folded or squished position at some point during the night. Over time, this can form some significant wrinkles in areas like the nasolabial folds, eyes, and lips. This happens because regular, long-term creasing of the skin causes collagen breakdown similar to certain movements and expressions. Without enough collagen to support the skin and provide volume, wrinkles and folds begin to form.

What are my options?

There is hope that you can have your cake and eat it, too— that is, get the sleep you need and enjoy a smooth, youthful complexion. It’s important to keep in mind that the best results come with a well-rounded approach to treating wrinkles with a mixture of skincare treatments, injectables, and lifestyle changes. Our cosmetic physicians can recommend the best options for each during a private consultation.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that can effectively restore volume in areas where you’ve already experienced sleep wrinkles. These work by placing product under the surface of the skin to blend out wrinkles and provide support to creased areas with cross-linked hyaluronic acid. One of our most common dermal filler treatments is Restylane Silk, which is a very fine filler that works well in areas of high mobility and fine lines. This option usually lasts for around six months, reducing the appearance of surface wrinkles caused by sleeping. Although you’ll need retreatment, this can be a great way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles while you focus on skincare treatments both in office and at home.

Skincare Treatments

Professional skincare treatments are a great way to reverse damage to the collagen matrix in the skin. With regular sessions, treatments like RF microneedling can both generate new collagen while tightening skin for all-around improvement. As a preventative measure, this can ensure you maintain support through collagen regeneration over time. Additionally, chemical peels and laser treatments like Fraxel can boost cell turnover and diminish the appearance of fine lines with regular treatments. The frequency of each treatment will depend on factors like your skincare goals, existing concerns, and any additional treatments you opt for, but can be effective as a preventative measure, too. Paired with dermal fillers, these options can create amazing results.

Lifestyle Changes

Professional treatments won’t mean much without making the right lifestyle changes to maintain your results. Although it may seem impossible to change the sleeping habits you’ve had your whole life, there are some steps you can take to mitigate the effects they can have on your anti-aging goals. It can seem daunting to make lots of changes at once, however, so consider incorporating lifestyle changes over time so you have time to adjust your sleep pattern and habits without too much disruption.

Change your pillowcase

Satin or silk pillowcases aren’t just good for your hair— they can be great for your skin too. Firstly, they reduce the amount of irritation your skin normally experiences with a more traditional cotton pillowcase. When you’re moving around during sleep and rubbing your skin against cotton fabric, it can be drying and cause a host of other skin concerns. Secondly, silk or satin pillowcases allow your skin to glide without friction, meaning it won’t grip to the fabric and fold or crease as you move around. Along with reducing wrinkle formation, silk or satin pillowcases can reduce acne formation because they don’t trap things like dust, bacteria, or moisture (and you may notice a little less frizz in your hair, too!). If you haven’t already, there are plenty of reasons to switch out your pillowcase as an easy first step.

Change your position

If you normally sleep facedown or on your side, it’s time to consider sleeping on your back. This means there’s very little contact between your skin and your pillow, reducing the amount of creasing that can occur. It can be difficult to get used to a different sleeping position, so creating a nest of pillows can be helpful in preventing you from rolling over. If sleeping on your back isn’t working, then consider purchasing a specialized pillow to prevent pressure on your face. Also, make sure you’re not sleeping with your hands under your face!

Change your skincare

Along with professional treatments, it’s important to make sure your skin gets everything it needs at home, too. Wearing sunscreen during the day is a must in order to prevent free radical damage which can cause the formation of wrinkles and lines. When you experience sun damage during the day and then cause the skin to fold and crease for eight hours during the night, it can seal in wrinkles for the long term. Additionally, you should be sure to reverse damage through the right nighttime serum or mask to keep your skin hydrated. Serums high in peptides can be a great option to stimulate collagen production to repair skin and keep it firm.

Why Choose Reflections for My Treatments?

It’s important to remember you’ve got options when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and young. That’s why, at Reflections, we offer a wide selection of options to make sure you can create the treatment plan that fits you best with the help of our award-winning cosmetic physicians. While many more medical practices now offer cosmetic treatments like injectables or chemical peels, you run the risk of poor results or even medical concerns when you opt for treatments from an unqualified or untrained provider. Our expert team is specifically trained in a huge array of laser, injectable, and skincare treatments using the latest techniques, technology, and industry developments. We can create a well-rounded treatment plan that addresses your specific sleep wrinkle concerns so you can enjoy smooth, healthy skin (and rejuvenating sleep, too!)

Schedule a Consultation

You don’t have to feel resigned to sleep wrinkles. With a combination of professional treatments and at-home care, you can reverse damage and enjoy your skin for the long-term. To get started, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic physicians by contacting our Martinsville or Livingston offices. You can reach us by calling or filling out our online form, and our expert patient coordinators will be in touch to find the appointment that works best with your schedule.


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Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.

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