A rhinoplasty at our plastic surgery center here in Orlando can provide patients with beautiful, natural-looking results. However, achieving these results is more than just showing up on your surgery date. You must carefully follow post-op instructions to get the best possible results. Part of these instructions include how to sleep safely and comfortably.
Why Sleep Is Important After Rhinoplasty Surgery
Sleep is essential to a healthy immune system and quick recovery. Your body must work extra hard after surgery, so it is normal to feel fatigued during the first few days post-op. Resting during this time is important, so you don’t overwork your body.
Additionally, when you sleep, your body is able to dedicate more blood flow to the injured muscles and tissues. This extra blood delivers more oxygen and nutrients, which will aid healing. Lastly, sleep can play a big role in your response to pain. Getting more sleep often helps reduce the amount of pain you experience. I advise patients to get 8 hours of sleep per night and take naps, especially during the first few days after your procedure.
Which Sleep Positions Are the Best for Healing
I recommend sleeping on your back after your rhinoplasty. During your recovery, your nose will be delicate and malleable, so it is important not to sleep on your stomach or side, which can put pressure on your nose. This will not only cause discomfort but may also compromise your results. To reduce swelling, you should keep your head elevated as you sleep. This will minimize fluid buildup and promote good circulation.
If you normally sleep with your spouse, partner, or pet, it may be a good idea to go solo for a while. An accidental fist or paw to the face could be detrimental to your recovery. It is better not to risk these potential injuries. You’ve made a big investment on your nose, so it’s in your best interest to do everything you can to protect that investment.
How You Should Prep Beforehand
Not everyone is a natural back-sleeper. Because of this, it is important to train yourself before your surgery date. It takes a lot of practice to switch up your sleeping position, so practicing ahead of time will help you sleep on your back more comfortably after surgery.
For example, to keep from turning over onto your side or stomach, use positioning pillows under each arm or below the knees. If you catch yourself reverting back to your old sleeping position, don’t quit—always roll back. Once you are fully healed, you may return to whatever sleep position you like. However, I recommend continuing to sleep on your back. This position can help reduce back pain and prevent face wrinkles.