How to prevent aging in your sleep. Dr. Konstantin for Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa magazine

All of us who want to maintain a vibrant and youthful appearance know that we have to take great care of our skin and maintain a healthy lifestyle.. There are some cardinal rules we all know to follow to look our best – staying hydrated, eating healthy, wearing sunscreen, using quality skin care products, and taking advantage of preventative cosmetic treatments such as Botox and fillers, to name a few. However, there is another significant factor that can make a world of a difference in reducing or even preventing many signs of facial aging – sleeping in a proper position.

Few people know that the very act of laying in a horizontal position for an extended period of time can cause facial swelling in the morning.  This swelling is usually not very significant and most of it will disappear after and hour or two of being upright.  However, over the period of years and decades this cyclical micro swelling will cause stretching of the facial ligaments resulting in sagging of facial tissue and creating aged appearance.

Certain sleep positions can exacerbate this kind of swelling and might be one of the causes of premature facial aging.  Sleeping on your stomach, for example, can create a visible accumulation of fluid under the eyes creating a puffy appearance in the morning.  Other sleeping positions carry less risk of swelling, but might contribute to the aging process in a different way.  Sleeping on the side is one of the most common positions.  It results in much less facial swelling than sleeping on the stomach, but continues rubbing of facial skin against the pillow creates shearing forces that contribute to stretching of the facial ligaments. Using pillowcases made of smooth fabric such as silk or satin helps to mitigate this stretching effect, but unfortunately can not completely eliminate it.

So, what position one should sleep in?  The best sleeping position and one that Dr. Konstantin highly recommends, especially to his patients post-procedure is sleeping on the back. “Regardless of whether you’ve just undergone surgery or not, sleeping on your back is the best sleep position for anti-aging. It avoids the back-and-forth rubbing exchange associated with side and face-down sleeping and mitigates puffiness and fluid buildup in the face, ” Dr. Konstantin tells us in Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa magazine. 

Please see full article bellow: “Sleeping Beauty: How to Reduce Facial Aging with Proper Sleep Positions”, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa magazine. 

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Dr. Konstantin is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in artful treatment of the aging face, eyelids, and neck. He performs more than 1,000 facial cosmetic procedures annually, making him one of the busiest facial plastic surgeons in Manhattan.

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