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Cosmetic surgeons performed more than 15.6 million surgeries in the U.S. in 2020. According to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 40-to-54-year-old patients received the most cosmetic procedures (6.1 million) and 30-to-39-year-old patients received the second most procedures (2.1 million). These numbers show that plenty of Americans seek to counteract the effects of time on their bodies.
Facelifts are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. For many, it’s an excellent way to restore their youthful appearance. As with any significant cosmetic procedure, you need a proper recovery period after a facelift. Sleep is crucial during this period, as it plays a significant role in how well the results turn out. Sleeping helps your body reduce inflammation, lower pain levels, and repair damaged tissues faster.
However, it can be difficult to sleep comfortably after undergoing a surgery… difficult, but not impossible. This article contains six tips and tricks to help you sleep more effectively after undergoing a facelift.
1. Prepare your bed
Let’s face it. Trying to sleep right after undergoing a facelift can suck. You can make your life easier by preparing your bed before you undergo the procedure.
First and foremost, make sure your bed is clean and fresh. Next, keep anything you might need, from your medication to your phone charger, close to your bed, so you won’t have to strain yourself when reaching for them. Then, prepare your bed in a way that keeps your head comfortable. You can add a reclining cushion or turn your pillows into a makeshift recliner so your upper body remains elevated and you don’t put too much pressure on your neck and face.
2. Sleep Upright
Your position is the most important consideration when sleeping after a facelift. Swelling is almost guaranteed after this procedure, so you need to put as little pressure on your face and neck as possible.
Therefore, sleeping on your back with your upper body in an elevated position is ideal. Experts recommend that you sleep with your head and torso positioned at a 45-degree angle for at least a week. This position stimulates proper lymphatic drainage, resulting in better blood circulation and tissue regeneration.
Using a reclining pillow can help you sleep in this position more comfortably. You can also surround your body with pillows to minimize the chance of you flipping over in your sleep. Your best bet is to use a post-surgical neck support pillow. The correct one will effectively keep you on your back.
3. Dress Comfortably
You’ll likely feel sore after your procedure. Even if you didn’t have anything done to your body except your face, what you wear can still be a source of discomfort. This is why you’ll want to wear the most comfortable clothing you own.
Loose-fitting sleepwear made of breathable materials, such as cotton, is the best option. Choose a top with a wide neck hole that doesn’t brush against your face when you put it on. Even better, wear comfy button-up tops if possible. Comfortable pajamas and sleepwear help keep you comfortable at night.
4. Manage Inflammation
Inflammation causes the most discomfort when attempting to sleep after a facelift. Grab a cold compress and press it lightly against your face for 30-second intervals for about 15 minutes before you hit the sack. Take a break, then reapply the cold compress if needed. Low temperatures reduce inflammation, speeding up the recovery process. As long as you use a proper cloth compress (don’t apply ice packs directly to your skin), you’ll be more comfortable when sleeping.
5. Stay active
When recommend that you avoid strenuous activities during the first few weeks following your facelift. Despite that, you should still try to stay active. Getting up, moving around, and performing normal daily tasks improves your blood circulation, promoting quicker healing. Additionally, simple exercises, like walking, can tire you, making it easier for you to fall asleep.
6. Avoid caffeine
Do you know what makes it difficult to fall asleep? Caffeine.
Coffee, tea, and energy drinks have to take a backseat if you want to get proper sleep and promote better healing for your face. Caffeine can disrupt your sleeping schedule, especially when combined with medications you have to take following your procedure. Swap out your favorite caffeinated drinks with warm milk or herbal tea. These beverages soothe your body and help you sleep more effectively.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I sleep normally after undergoing a facelift?
You may resume sleeping in your normal position around four weeks after your surgery. However, you should consult your surgeon if you encounter complications.
Can I ruin my facelift?
Sleeping with your face pressed against a pillow can irritate your facial tissues and disturb sutures. It’s crucial that you sleep in the recommended upright position.
How do I take care of my face after a facelift?
Sleep on your back, keep your pillows clean, apply a cold compress to your face, and avoid putting products on your face.
Bring Back Your Youthful Look With QuickLift
Sleeping and recovery are easier with Vargas Face & Skin’s QuickLift. QuickLift is a minimally invasive facelift procedure that targets your lower and mid-face regions. Book an appointment with us today by calling 913-381-4900 or filling out our online form.