How Should Patients Sleep After Facelift Surgery?

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Facelift surgery is an excellent way to address common cosmetic problems like loose skin and volume loss. Though recovery does take time and patience, the results are well worth the effort. Double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Jaimie DeRosa knows how to ensure a successful procedure through her individualized approach and comprehensive post-operative care.

A crucial part of facelift recovery is getting adequate rest. Below, our female plastic surgeon gives our best recommendations and tips for sleeping after surgery. Call The DeRosa Center to learn more – our Boston, MA team is dedicated to providing youthful and natural-looking outcomes.

What happens during a surgical facelift?

Dr. DeRosa may use one of several techniques to lift and tighten the skin around the mid-to-lower face and neck. The exact procedure depends on the extent of your issues, but patients can generally expect incisions around the hairline or behind the ears. We separate the skin from the underlying tissue, then reposition or remove excess skin and fat as needed. Our patients report feeling more confident and youthful after their facelift.

What side effects can I expect after surgery?

Patients who undergo facelift surgery can expect some swelling and bruising for several weeks. This is normal and should diminish over time with proper rest. Our female plastic surgeon provides detailed instructions on caring for the surgical site to avoid complications and optimize healing. It takes about a month for inflammation to subside and for you to enjoy your results.

What is the best sleeping position during facelift recovery?

The best sleeping position after a facelift is on your back with your head elevated. This prevents strain on the incision sites and can help reduce swelling. Avoid sleeping on your stomach or sides since this may pull at your skin.

If you are not accustomed to sleeping on your back, we recommend using a wedge pillow or inclined foam block to keep your head and body raised. You can also place an extra pillow under the knees for a little extra support.

Tips for sleeping soundly after a facelift

We understand it can be challenging to sleep after a surgical facelift in Boston, MA. Here are a few tips to make it easier:

  • Create a restful atmosphere: Keep your bedroom dark, cool, and free of distractions like televisions or phones.
  • Take measures to promote relaxation: Take a warm bath, read a book in bed, or listen to soothing music before turning off the lights.
  • Practice good sleep hygiene: Set a bedtime routine, stick to a consistent schedule, and avoid caffeinated beverages.

When to call Dr. DeRosa

There is no reason to expect complications from a surgical facelift, but contact Dr. DeRosa if you experience sudden or intense pain, have difficulty sleeping, or notice any signs of infection – such as fever, redness, swelling that gets worse over time, increased tenderness or pain, or discharge – around the incision sites. Our professionals can determine the best course of action.

Sleeping well after cosmetic surgery

Want to learn more about facelift recovery and sleeping positions after surgery? Get in touch with The DeRosa Center today. Our female plastic surgeon provides complete care and beautiful, natural-looking results to patients in Boston, MA. Call to request a consultation with Dr. Jaimie DeRosa and see why so many people choose our practice for their facial rejuvenation needs.