How to Sleep Safely After Rhinoplasty

One of the best things you can do for your body after rhinoplasty surgery is rest. This sounds simple, but after nasal surgery, sleep is anything but easy. You see, the nose is very tender and delicate after surgery and it is very important to protect your nose from accidental damage. When you close your eyes and head off to dreamland, it’s far too easy to roll over and smoosh your face inadvertently or get smacked by an arm from a sleeping partner. 

We’re sharing our best tips for safe sleeping after rhinoplasty. Catch those ZZZs while protecting your rhinoplasty investment. 

Sleeping After Rhinoplasty- What You Need to Know

Snuggle up! One of the big perks of rhinoplasty is the opportunity for some guilt-free R&R. Rest and relaxation are the keys to a successful recovery after cosmetic nasal surgery. When else can you say that a nap is doctor’s orders? 

Sleeping in an elevated position is best. This reduces swelling and cuts down on post-rhinoplasty congestion. If you sleep on your side, the lower nostril will likely become plugged while you sleep, and since you can’t blow your nose, this congestion can be uncomfortable. Sleeping on your back in an elevated position is the best-case scenario for post-rhinoplasty sleep. Grab some extra pillows! If you have a recliner, call dibs and make it your temporary bed for a few days after surgery. 

Partners and pets make great bedmates normally, but after rhinoplasty, it is time to be selfish. Kick everyone else out of your sleeping area. You don’t want an accidental elbow or paw to the face to ruin your rhinoplasty results. 

Pain medications can ease any discomfort you experience, helping you to rest more comfortably and fall asleep easier. We also recommend avoiding caffeine, as it can interfere with quality sleep. Rest, rest, and more rest will help you heal quickly after your nasal surgery. 

What Happens if I Roll Over While Sleeping After Rhinoplasty?

Many of our patients worry about accidentally rolling over during sleep. When deep in slumber, it is easy to start out on your back, but wake up nose down in a pillow. Do your best to always sleep on your back. We find that extra pillows and careful positioning make a big difference in sleep position. If you do roll over, the nasal splint and bandaging usually hold things in place and protect the nose. If this does occur, you may experience some additional swelling or congestion. Do your best, but shifting position while sleeping may occur. 

A recliner is very helpful for holding you in position while you sleep and is our recommended method for post-rhinoplasty sleep, if available. 

Do’s and Don’ts of Post-Rhinoplasty Sleep

  • Don’t drink caffeine.
  • Do use pain medication.
  • Don’t sleep with a partner.
  • Do use extra pillows.
  • Do sleep on your back. 
  • Do get more rest than usual.
  • Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about sleep after rhinoplasty. 

How Long Until I Can Sleep Normally After Rhinoplasty?

It is amazing how quickly the body heals after cosmetic surgery. The first week is the most critical period for rhinoplasty healing. After 7-10 days, patients can begin to use other sleeping positions. Be careful to avoid putting pressure on the nose, and if you can sleep comfortably on your back while elevated, continue to do so. This position is the best for avoiding swelling and congestion for the first few weeks. 

Call MAE Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL for rhinoplasty and other cosmetic treatments on the face and body.  Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Drs. Epstein and Krochmal, love helping patients to look and feel their best. Call MAE Plastic Surgery at 847-205-1680 to schedule a consultation.