To the Untrained Eye...
.....these wrinkles branching from this woman's eye (below) may be mistaken for a nasty case of "crows feet" or "Laugh lines".Crows feet/ Laugh lines are well recognized for being the wrinkles we get on the lateral border of our eye due to smiling or squinting. These are "dynamic" or "expression" wrinkles caused by repeated muscle movement. But on further examination and using the "hand test" (shown below) by gently shifting the facial tissue you can clearly see that the hand is mimicking the pressure of our face being pushed against the pillow every night. This lovely lady confirmed she wants to sleep on her back "but I just can't break the side sleeping habit". Unfortunately using Botulinum neurotoxin injections (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) will do nothing for these "sleep wrinkles".
Why Can't we Treat These Wrinkles with Botox?
Because these injections relax the muscles that are causing the wrinkles. These wrinkles are caused by "compression" and can be treated with dermal fillers. However, continuing our sleep habits of "sleeping on our faces", the products we use to fill these lines will continue to return... and quite quickly. We have had many clients have sleep lines filled and invest into an Anti-Wrinkle Pillow such as the enVy Pillow to off load the face allowing for the filler to last for years.
Have you mistakenly labeled wrinkles in yourself as normal aging?