One of the biggest surprises to many patients after a facelift, rhinoplasty, or other types of facial cosmetic surgery is how sleep needs change. This does not mean that you need more sleep than you usually get, although plenty of high-quality sleep is certainly important. Instead, this refers to changes in your sleep positioning and methods. Here is what you will need to know once you arrive home following your facial surgery.
Most importantly, you will need to sleep upright or with your head propped up for the first week or two following surgery. The amount of time you will need to sleep this way will depend on the extent of your surgery. While a recliner may seem as if it is the way to go, you may eventually find yourself getting aches and pains from sleeping in a chair for too long. Consider a post-operative pillow that will keep you upright and on your back at night while supporting your head and neck.
It can be difficult to get used to a new sleeping position. This is especially true if you are not already a back sleeper. Several weeks before your surgery, get some practice in sleeping on your back by investing in a new pillow that supports your neck and by putting a couple pillows under your knees to take away back strain. You may even want to surround both sides of your body with longer body pillows.
Keep Discomfort Under Control
After your procedure, your surgeon will instruct you on how to stay comfortable. A bit of discomfort, bruising, and swelling is perfectly normal after most facial surgeries. Thankfully, this can usually be controlled with over-the-counter or low-dosed prescription medications. Staying on top of your pain will help you get a better night’s rest.
Benefit from Amazing Rest
High-quality sleep is vital for a quick, problem-free recovery process. Knowing how to sleep following surgery can help you get to sleep quickly, stay asleep during the night, feel rested in the morning, and keep you away from stronger painkillers and sedatives. Plus, it can help you heal physically while keeping you emotionally balanced as well. If you have any other questions about your recovery period following cosmetic surgery, be sure to discuss your concerns with Dr. Tavoussi at your pre-operative visit at the OC Cosmetic Surgery Clinique.