Have any of you noticed permanent changes in your faces caused by CPAP masks?
You probably read of the study in Japan in which x-rays showed skulls being pushed back in the upper and lower jaw area after three years of CPAP use. I started using CPAP six months ago, using a nose-and-mouth mask. Over the last several months, I thought, “wow, my face sure seems to be aging at an accelerated rate lately.” Then I realized that my face had gotten a depressed area from each side of my nose down to the outsides of my mouth—right where the mask goes! Furthermore, it seemed like my jowls had gotten saggy—right where the mask curves to go around my lower lip! In addition, my lower jaw seemed slightly less pronounced, and, in profile, my once-straight nose now has a depression at the bridge—right where the CPAP mask pressed against it! My thinking is, if a mask can move a skull in three years, it can probably move cartilage and skin much faster. I sure hope that the degradation is not permanent, but I’ve been off the mask for two weeks now and notice no improvement.
A week ago, I started using CPAP again, this time using a nasal pillow, which is much more comfortable and I like better. However, when the CPAP is running, the air pressure inflates my nose like a balloon, expanding it maybe 30% in all dimensions, looking almost comical—like Bozo. “How could this not, in short order, cause my nose to become permanently bigger?,” I thought. A few days ago I measured the width of my nose at the nostrils with calipers. Today, some six hours after wakeup, I measured again, and my nose is a full tenth of an inch wider, in just three days! It was big to begin with, so bigger is not good.
My question is, has anyone else noticed changes in their faces from CPAP? If so, what were they, and what type of mask did you use? I’m single and date a lot, so significantly degrading my looks is not a trivial issue.