Getting quality, restful sleep is an important part of staying physically and mentally healthy. Rest is even more important after undergoing plastic surgery, as it plays a critical role in healing and achieving your desired aesthetic results. Read on as Dr. Erwin Bulan explains why.
Benefits of Quality Rest After Surgery
Surgery places stress on your body, and sleep allows your body time to regenerate and recuperate. Rest helps boost your immune system to fight against infections or viruses. Sleep improves blood flow to the treated area, delivering oxygen and nutrients to help healing. Getting plenty of sleep may also help reduce post-operative pain or discomfort because a well-rested brain is more resistant to pain.
Tips for a Good Night’s Rest After Surgery
Despite how important sleep is, some patients struggle to get ample sleep after surgery. Here are a few tips to help you get the restful sleep you need.
- Depending on your specific procedure, you may be advised to sleep in a certain position. For example, if you have facelift, you may need to sleep on your back, keeping your head elevated. If you have tummy tuck, you may need to sleep in a reclined position to ensure you do strain or put pressure on your incision. When you are not used to sleeping in the recommended position, it can be a difficult adjustment all of a sudden. Ask Dr. Bulan ahead of time about the best sleeping position for your specific procedure. Practice this position as you prepare for your surgery, so it feels more natural to sleep that way after surgery.
- During your recovery, stay on top of your pain by taking a pain reliever at regular intervals. This will help you avoid experiencing pain or discomfort that interferes with your sleep cycle.
- Try to sleep alone after surgery to prevent your significant other, child or pet from accidentally injuring your delicate healing face or body.
- When getting ready for bed, minimize screen time. The blue light from your smartphone, computer or tablet can interfere with your body’s natural sleep cycle. Also, cut back on caffeine and avoid alcohol during your recovery.
- Keep your sleep space cool and dark to maximize comfort.
As your healing progresses, Dr. Bulan will advise you as to when you can resume your normal, natural sleep position.
Contact Dr. Bulan Today
Dr. Bulan is happy to provide you with more information and resources to help you recover quickly and comfortably from surgery. For more information about sleeping after plastic surgery, please contact Dr. Bulan today.