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Tips for a better night’s sleep after facelift surgery

Tips For A Better Night’s Sleep After Facelift Surgery

A facelift performed with care and experience can produce astonishingly natural-looking results, but, as with any major surgery, the process of achieving these results can be demanding and difficult during the recovery time – albeit always so worth it in the eyes of so many previous patients.

There’s no doubt you’ll need a lot of rest after a facelift, but there are a few things you should know before going into bed to make your recuperation as comfortable as possible…


After a facelift, what is the ideal posture to sleep in?

You’ll never be completely comfortable when trying to sleep after the procedure, but to make things as comfortable as possible, sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated – you can prop your head up with an extra pillow or two and box yourself in with other pillows to avoid tossing and turning during the night.

Many people like to sleep on their stomach or side, so if you’re one of them, it might be a good idea to try sleeping on your back in the weeks leading up to your facelift surgery. If you have access to one, reclining chairs are also beneficial since they compel you to stay on your back without the chance of rolling onto your front or side.

Resting on your back during the recovery phase is recommended because sleeping on your front or side might induce swelling, which will slow down the healing process. Furthermore, it may produce friction or uncomfortable pressure on your face, perhaps aggravating the healing tissues around the site of your facelift and causing the incisions to reopen.

Create a relaxing atmosphere for your facelift recuperation.

Anxiety, swelling, soreness, and adjusting to a new sleeping posture are all issues that can prevent you from getting a decent night’s sleep following face rejuvenation surgery. Because sleep is such an important component of the recovery process, use these tips to make your sleeping environment more comfortable:

Get ready for some relaxation.

It will most likely take a few weeks before you feel ready to return to full normalcy, so plan ahead of time before your facelift surgery. Leave no housekeeping to do, have some meals prepared for the days ahead, and accomplish any unfinished chores that can’t wait. Make your bed with the additional pillows you’ll need, and keep anything you’ll need close by, like as medications, phone chargers, periodicals, and the remote control.

Remind yourself of what’s about to happen.

The vast majority of people report that facelift surgery is significantly less painful than they anticipated, and that it is more unpleasant than painful. Despite this, patients may experience tension and anxiety over their physical appearance in the days ahead. Because the swelling and bruising will take time to reduce, it’s crucial to remind yourself that you’ll look worse before you start to look better. Stress and anxiety will prevent you from getting a decent night’s sleep, so keep in mind that how you appear a few days after your treatment is no indicator of how you’ll look a few weeks later.

Reduce swelling

The swelling causes discomfort in the majority of facelift patients when they try to sleep. Cold compresses wrapped in a cloth or light towel and lightly pushed on the swollen areas will help relieve some of the pain. Gently press them against your face for 15-20 minutes in 30-60 second intervals, then rest for an hour or two. Ice packs should not be applied directly to the skin, as this might cause skin burn.

There are many other things you can do to keep yourself as comfortable as possible while recovering from facelift surgery, such as staying lightly active once you feel up to it to ensure your body doesn’t stiffen up and to keep your blood circulation flowing, avoiding caffeine due to the way it can disrupt sleep, regularly cleaning your face very lightly with a damp cloth – but only after your plastic surgeon advises it’s ok to do so – or simply asking friends and family for advice.

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