Fictional Fact – Wrinkles

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Face wrinkles: left or right?

Ever thought that one side of your face is more prone to wrinkles than the other side? Turns out you might be right.

Recently, I read that the side you sleep on most will be the one that wrinkles first. So, if you prefer to sleep on the left side you will have more lines on that side of your face.

And it gets worse. Depending on which side of the road you drive will also affect your face. This is due to exposure to the harsh UVA rays coming through the car window. 

Even the slightly different movements as we talk, smile, frown, and make other facial gestures will add to further wrinkles. 

According to Haideh Hirmand, MD, clinical assistant professor of plastic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, some people hold one eyebrow higher or squint more with one eye than the other, resulting in a different or deeper line pattern on one side of the face.

What to do?

Turns out that sleeping predominantly on the left or right side of the face is one of many problems to contend with.

Should we get into the habit of setting an alarm every half hour to wake us up so that we roll over? Will this prevent lines mostly accumulating on one side of the face?

Or, should we stop driving so that the damaging UVA rays don’t add to the wrinkle bonanza?

Finally, how about we stop talking, smiling or moving our faces at all. 

Alternatively, we could accept the ageing process, avoid mirrors and pretend the lines aren’t there.

At least that would give us a better night sleep.

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Author: Sue Bell
Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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