Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body after surgery. You need extra rest so your body can heal. Unfortunately, catching ZZZs can be a little complicated after facelift surgery. It can be difficult to find a comfortable position that doesn’t disturb your fresh incisions.
Rest after surgery might be a bit harder to come by, but it’s achievable with a little preparation. We’re sharing our best tips for sleep after facelift surgery. Rest, recover, and enjoy a younger-looking you.
Ditch Your Bed for a Recliner Instead
You’ll need to sleep on your back with your head elevated after facelift surgery. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by using a recliner. If you’ve got one, temporarily repurpose it as your bed. Some of our patients tell us their recliner is more comfortable than their bed ever was.
No La-Z-Boy? No problem. Don’t go out and buy one just for surgery. If you don’t have a recliner, you can use pillows and wedges to position yourself in bed instead.
Stock up on Pillows
If you’re sleeping in a bed, careful positioning of your pillows can help you stay on your back all night long. Before your surgery, make sure you have extra pillows and lots of them. Body pillows, U-shaped pregnancy pillows, and triangle wedge pillows are all useful for positioning in bed.
Practice Before Surgery
Side and stomach sleepers may find it challenging to sleep on their back after surgery. Get into the habit well before the day of your surgery. Training your body to sleep on your back before surgery will make it easier to get the rest you need while you are healing.
When you’re not feeling comfortable, you won’t be able to sleep. Pain medications are a valuable tool after facelift surgery, helping patients recover with minimal discomfort. Most patients only need a prescription pain reliever for the first couple of days. After that, over-the-counter options usually work well. Time a medicine schedule so you’re taking your pain relief 30 minutes to an hour before bed. This planning gives your medication time to kick in while ensuring it will last a significant amount of time after you fall asleep.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, your coffee could be to blame. Coffee, green and black teas, and some types of soda contain caffeine, a mild stimulant, and common sleep disrupter.
You don’t have to give up coffee post-facelift, but if you’re having trouble sleeping, consider drinking it earlier in the day. Experts recommend six to eight hours between bedtime and caffeine consumption. The morning cup of joe probably won’t ruin your sleep, but that afternoon pick-me-up might.
When you’re sore and tired after surgery, taking a walk is probably the last thing on your mind, but we encourage you to get out of bed and move around as soon as you’re able. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting are discouraged after a facelift, but gentle walks are a go.
We find that when patients move, they feel better. Exercise boosts the ability to sleep and relieves aches and pains from lying in one position for too long. If you’re able to get up and take a walk, do it for a better night’s sleep.
With these tips, you’ll be able to get the rest you need to recover quickly after your facelift surgery. We’re available if you have any questions or concerns during your healing process. Call us at (310) 278-8823.