A facelift surgery is a valuable investment of your time and money, one you’ll want to preserve for a long time to come. On average, patients can turn back the clock up to 10 years with a facelift surgery.
Once your recovery period is over and you’re enjoying that new, refreshed look, you should be thinking about ways to preserve your renewed youth as long as possible.
While there are many skincare treatments to use and daily lifestyle changes to make, one of the most helpful techniques can be done in your sleep – literally.
Your Sleeping Position Matters
Many of us spend a lot of time thinking about our daily activities and how they affect our looks. Moisturize to keep your skin looking soft and supple, gently scrub your face in small circles with your fingertips to keep the skin fresh, and don’t smoke because it can cause wrinkles. Everyone knows by now that protecting your skin from the sun can prevent aging. They also know that a daily skincare regimen is essential to your skin’s health.
All of these daytime habits can help, but there’s a large part of our days that goes unaccounted. Yes, doctors already recommend getting enough sleep to get your whole body healthy, including your skin. Getting enough sleep is one thing, but how you get that sleep can make a difference. It’s true; the way you sleep at night can age you or help to keep you looking young.
Sleep Positions That Age You
The average adult sleeps six to eight hours, which is a lot of time to have your face mushed up against a pillow. Certain sleep positions can actually create deep wrinkles and creases from long nights of sleep over and over again. If you sleep on your side, the part of your face that touches the pillow pushes the skin upward and creates the creases, which will eventually settle into place permanently. This position tend to leaves lines along the cheek and chin areas, which will intensify with your age and start to linger during your waking hours.
The same can happen if you sleep on your stomach, but perhaps to a greater degree since more of your face will contact the pillow. Men and women who are stomach sleepers see larger amounts of wrinkles in the forehead and upper-mid face, which might not affect your facelift results directly but could hurt in other ways. Imagine having a youthful lower face with a wrinkle-heavy forehead. You might not need to repeat your facelift surgery, but you’ll wind up considering a brow lift to counteract your sleeping wrinkles. While side- and stomach-sleeping may be the most comfortable ways to catch your Zzzs, they’re not going to help preserve your youthful, post-facelift appearance.
The Best Way to Sleep for Anti-Aging
If placing your face on your pillow results in aging effects, it might be obvious which sleeping position offers the best facelift-preserving results: back sleeping. With the face free of pressure and contact for those six to eight hours, your skin stays smooth and refreshed. Although other factors may still cause wrinkles in the long run, you’ll know they won’t result from your nighttime hours.
Sleeping Comfortably On Your Back
If fighting wrinkles in your sleep is so easy, why don’t more people sleep on their backs? Unfortunately, most consider this to be the least comfortable position for sleeping. Still, the benefits of back-sleeping reach beyond skincare to include relief of back pain, deeply restful sleep, and avoiding strain or isolation on any one part of the body.
To get a better night’s rest and fight wrinkles in your sleep, try these methods to get more comfortable sleeping on your back:
- Find comfortable ways to position your pillows. Many who sleep on their backs use a pillow beneath their head and neck and a second pillow beneath their knees to naturally contour the body comfortably.
- Box yourself in with two other pillows beneath your arms if you find yourself rolling over one you fall asleep.
- Choose a firm mattress. The extra support of a firm mattress supports back sleeping and helps you to maintain your position as you sleep.
- Use meditation to lure yourself to sleep. Get comfortable in your bed with your pillows in place, close your eyes and walk yourself through a gentle breathing and meditation exercise. As you relax each muscle of the body and allow it to sink restfully into bed, your body will grow comfortable in this new position as you drift off to sleep.
The most important way to become comfortable sleeping in this position is staying consistent. Sleeping in this new position each and every night will eventually make it a part of your routine. You’ll gradually learn to default to sleeping on your back as you retrain your body. This can take time and you shouldn’t get frustrated if you wake up on your side or stomach. Simply correct your position and try again. One day, it will become second nature, a secret way to help your face look youthful for years to come.
Consult with a Facelift Specialist to Plan Your Surgery
If you’d like to learn more about how a facelift surgery can help you to appear more youthful, no matter what your age may be, consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon today. Dr. Philip Miller has specialized exclusively in facial plastic surgery and offers over 20 years of experience and knowledge to his patients. A recognized expert in facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Miller has been frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at various national facial plastic surgery meetings. He has been voted among the Best Doctors in America each year since 2007 and has also been named a Top Doctor of New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller, contact his office located at 60 East 56th Street, Third Floor in New York City, by calling (212) 750-7100.