Plastic Surgeon Dr. Goesel Anson Develops New Patented Pillow Designed to Combat Sleep Wrinkles
According to experts in the field, many people don’t realize there are two main types of wrinkles on their faces: Expression Wrinkles and Sleep Wrinkles. Expression Wrinkles are the ones we usually think of and are caused by repeated changing facial expressions. With Expression Wrinkles, contraction of facial muscles results in recognizable expressions and creates expression lines such as smile lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines. In a young face, expression lines disappear when that person is no longer making that expression. With age, skin loses elasticity, laxity of the skin increases, and lines become folds. Skin aging combined with constant repetition, causes expression wrinkles to eventually become permanent. The cause of expression wrinkles is dynamic, due to actual movement of the muscles of facial expression. That’s why Botox® works on expression lines – it weakens the muscle that causes the wrinkle.
Sleep Wrinkles, on the other hand, are different and are caused by repeated distortion of the face from compression against the pillow surface, night after night, causing facial skin to be stretched, pushed and pulled all night long. Sleep wrinkles occur when the face is compressed against a pillow or bed surface, distortion results from shear and compression forces acting on the delicate facial skin. Sleep wrinkles occur in predictable locations because of fixed anchor points that hold the skin to bone. The mechanical forces from contact with the pillow cause the skin to be stretched, pushed and pulled around these anchor points and create sleep wrinkles. These forces are mechanical, and non-dynamic, so muscle immobilizers, such as Botox® are ineffective for sleep wrinkles. On a young face, sleep wrinkles disappear immediately on awakening. As we age, just as with active expression wrinkles, sleep wrinkles become permanent from constant repetition of compression, increased skin laxity and decreased elasticity. Continue reading