Any surgery that you have can be painful and finding a suitable sleeping position, one that will not affect the surgical area is integral to the healing process. Below we have listed a few tips to help you sleep comfortably after rhinoplasty surgery.
35-40 Degree Angle
After having your rhinoplasty surgery, to minimize swelling, it is best if your head and nose are above the heart, at least for awhile after surgery. You can also sleep on a reclining chair for about a week as well. Using a few pillows to prop up your head is helpful.
Your Surgeon Knows Best
After your surgery, it is important to be as comfortable as possible and well-rested, but you also do not want to risk bumping your nose. Lying on your side may cause asymmetrical bruising, swelling and you might inadvertently bump your nose this way as well.
First Few Weeks Are Crucial
It takes many months for your nose to heal, and in that time frame your nose is still changing.It is during those first few weeks that sleep patterns have the most effect on the ultimate outcome. Your nose is most compromised when you sleep on your stomach. This sleeping position should be refrained for at least six weeks.
If you normally sleep with your pet or spouse, now is the time to go solo for awhile. You do not want to have someone’s paw or hand accidentally hit your nose. This is not only painful but it could affect the end result of your surgery.
Post-operative rest is crucial as with any surgery. Some people will find it hard to sleep in an almost upright position for the first week or so, doing things that could inhibit restful sleep is the best course of action. It is best to try to stay away from caffeine so you can get a good night’s rest. Try a decaffeinated herbal tea like chamomile before bedtime.
At Ear, Nose & Throat of Fairfield, we specialize in rhinoplasty. At your consultation appointment, we will answer all of your questions regarding your rhinoplasty procedure. To schedule a consultation, call us today at 203-259-4700.