Facial plastic surgery provides a practical solution for anyone looking to improve and/or rejuvenate their natural appearance. However, the most important part of the process is recovery. Prominent surgeons, including Dr. Bradford Patt in Houston, provide detailed post-op guidelines with the aim to minimize the recovery period without interfering with satisfactory results, as faster recovery allows patients to return to work and social commitments.
Rest plays a vital role during the post-op period. Quality sleep promotes adequate healing in the body and boosts the immune system. In turn, it becomes easier to enjoy better results and look fabulous as quickly as possible. Engaging in vigorous activities during the recovery phase compromises the body's ability to heal. Blood pressure can increase, which also causes swelling and bruising.
How Much Rest is Enough?
Dr. Patt recommends resting for not less than seven days after a facial plastic surgery. However, the actual recommended duration differs from one patient to another, due to a variety of factors, including the nature of the surgery. Ultimately, diverse types of plastic surgery will require different recovery periods. As a rule of thumb, the more invasive the surgery, the longer the recovery time. And regardless of which surgery was performed, getting the proper amount of sleep and rest is paramount.
How Should You Sleep?
To maximize recovery and enhance better results, facial plastic surgeons recommend sleeping on the side, or on a slightly elevated position where the head is slightly above the heart. This entirely depends on the type of facial plastic surgery you’ve had. It is also vital to pick the ideal pillow that provides firm support. A good pillow helps improve the quality of sleep. A wedge-shaped variant keeps the head elevated, which is vital for reducing discomfort and swelling. This type of pillow also prevents rolling over onto the stomach. Doing so could compromise the healing process.
If you have trouble falling asleep, try avoiding the blue light from the computer and mobile phone screen before retiring to bed. Many people find meditation calming, which allows the body to unwind and fully relax. The same applies to soaking in warm water or reading a magazine. Caffeine, on the other hand, has been shown to compromise the ability to fall asleep and should be avoided.
Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery
Dr. Patt and our team of professionals have an impressive track record in the field of cosmetic and facial reconstructive surgery. Many patients have taken advantage of the most advanced and innovative care to achieve aesthetically pleasing results. We use the latest technology and innovative techniques to help patients achieve their goals, and with as minimally invasive options as possible.
During consultation, patients benefit from Dr. Patt’s expert advice on matters concerning best recommended treatment options, preparing for surgery, and what to expect during post-op recovery. Part of this is due to his commitment of consistently working closely with patients until they are fully recovered. Schedule your consultation online today, or call us for an appointment at tel:281-552-8111.
National NAPPING Day is Monday March 12th – Take time to value rest and the power of a nap!