The Limitations and Side Effects of Traditional Wrinkle Treatments

Have you ever woken up feeling frustrated with your facial wrinkles? It can sometimes feel like no matter what you do they keep coming back. You’ve tried Botox® treatments and fillers that promise to erase wrinkles and fine lines, but you find yourself going back for more because the problem isn’t solved. What do you do?

The truth is that many of the traditional treatments only take into account certain types of wrinkles but ignore another. Understanding the limitations and side effects of traditional wrinkle treatments and learning about their alternatives is the first step toward looking and feeling your best every day. You may not know that by simply changing the way you sleep and using an anti-wrinkle pillow you can avoid those troublesome lines.

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What Causes Facial Wrinkles?

There are two main types of facial wrinkles that people get: expression wrinkles and sleep wrinkles. Although they both relate to lines and creases in your face, these types of wrinkles are very different when it comes to causes and treatments. Expression wrinkles develop over time due to muscle contraction in your face that comes with expression. Crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead lines and smile lines all fall into this category. What many people do not realize, however, is that they also contribute to the formation of wrinkles every night when they go to sleep.

Sleep wrinkles are caused by skin distortion when your face is pressed up against your pillow at night. Shear and compression that take place when you lay your head on your pillow at night affect your delicate skin and lead to wrinkles that deepen over time due to nightly repetition.

According to WebMD, your pillow—no matter how soft it is—puts pressure on your face each night. It is important to note that sleep lines are not the same thing. Sleep lines appear on your face when you hold your sheets or blankets too close to your face. These fade away over the course of the day, whereas sleep wrinkles have the potential to become permanent unless you take action now to change your routine.

Wrinkles in general are caused when your skin loses its elasticity. This happens over time as your skin gets thinner and looser, but wrinkles can also develop faster due to facial expressions or the pushing, pulling and stretching of delicate facial skin over a traditional pillow surface during sleep. A major difference between the two is that sleep wrinkles are completely avoidable, and easily prevented, provided you take the necessary steps to reduce contact between your face and pillow at night.

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Traditional Wrinkle Treatments Fall Short

When people start to see wrinkles develop in their face, the first reaction is to find a fast way to make them disappear. This leads many individuals to seek out high profile and traditional treatments such as Botox, Juvederm® and Restylane®. Although some conventional treatments can help mask the appearance of wrinkles, they have limited value in preventing sleep wrinkles unless you change your sleep patterns.

Here are some reasons these options fall short in wrinkle treatment:

  • They only address one cause of wrinkles. Botox can be very helpful in smoothing out expression wrinkles, but the injection is not effective when targeting sleep wrinkles because sleep wrinkles aren’t caused by facial expressions or muscle movement.
  • They don’t target the underlying cause of sleep wrinkles. You can see a doctor to learn more about face creams, injections or fillers, but these treatments only cover up the problem. Sleep wrinkles are reinforced every night when your face makes contact with the pillow surface. If you’re a side or stomach sleeper, facial contact with a pillow can accelerate the return of expression wrinkles treated with creams, injections or fillers.

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    In addition to these limitations, traditional methods also present a risk of side effects. Not only could you be allergic to Botox, you could also experience a rash, itching, muscle stiffness, neck or back pain, palsy and nausea. Skin fillers can cause swelling, redness, bruising or pain at the injection site. Rather than subject yourself to painful and potentially harmful side effects, taking a different approach to sleeping by using an anti-wrinkle pillow is all you need to win the battle against wrinkles.

    What Are Your Options?

    Aside from these treatments, there are a few others that doctors recommend to help you avoid sleep wrinkles. However, they aren’t totally effective and, in some cases, can cost you a good deal of money in the process. One way to combat elasticity in your face over time is by undergoing plastic surgery. Getting a facelift may help by improving contour, but it is important to understand that sleep wrinkles will continue to form and deepen unless you change your sleep position.

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    Doctors may also suggest sleep remedies that seem helpful, but which don’t address the underlying issue. Switching out your sheets for ones made with a special fabric or using a pillow prop may reduce some facial compression, but these don’t provide the physical support to keep you off of your face all night.

    Until now, the best advice for avoiding sleep wrinkles was to learn how to sleep on your back. This is the stance of many professionals, including Dr. Debra Jaliman, who said in an interview with The Huffington Post that it is “best to sleep on your back, although most people find this difficult.” It can be hard for people to fall asleep on their back due to physical discomfort or medical conditions that make it impossible or simply because they change positions while sleeping.

    What option do you have that helps you stay off your face while sleeping, allows you to sleep comfortably and doesn’t have potentially harmful side effects? The answer is JuveRest® The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow.

    Eliminate Sleep Wrinkles with JuveRest The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow

    The JuveRest pillow is an important weapon in your anti-aging arsenal. While makeup, wrinkle creams and other treatments help your face look and feel younger each day, the JuveRest pillow addresses the cause of sleep wrinkles: the stretching, pushing and pulling of facial skin when it makes contact with a pillow surface. Clinical trials revealed that JuveRest The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow offers 1,700 percent less facial distortion than a traditional pillow.3

    Created by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Goesel Anson, the JuveRest pillow minimizes nightly facial distortion for back and side sleepers. Its multi-patented design helps stomach sleepers comfortably stay on their back or side, too. The pillow has a central panel to support your head while sleeping on your back, as well as side panels that do the same while you sleep on your side. With your head supported, your face is kept off the pillow itself, thereby drastically reducing compression.

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    JuveRest offers a long list of features:

  • Helps prevent and reduce facial wrinkles.
  • Encourages better sleep positions to reduce damage to your skin.
  • Has soft, comfortable construction.
  • Promotes healthy neck and back alignment.
  • Is designed for women and men of any age.
  • Helps maintain a youthful appearance.
  • Allows you to fight wrinkles while you sleep.
  • Allows air to circulate, keeping you cooler at night.

  • The JuveRest pillow is a new and effective way to deal with facial wrinkling by minimizing the amount of facial contact you have with your pillow surface at night. Traditional wrinkle treatments go after symptoms, but cannot address the cause of sleep wrinkles. The way you sleep significantly contributes to the development of sleep wrinkles, which is why it is vital to change your sleep patterns.

    Learn more about JuveRest® and get information on ordering your own anti-wrinkle pillow by visiting our site here.


    3. JuveRest LLC: Independent trial of 40 participants where half slept on JuveRest and half slept on a regular pillow for 4 hours.