How should I sleep after eyelid surgery – Blepharoplasty? Can back sleeping help?

The recommended length of supine sleep post-surgery is at least two weeks.

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure which removes excess skin from the eyelids. Besides aging, severely sagging skin around the eyes can reduce side vision (peripheral vision), especially the upper and outer parts of the visual field. Blepharoplasty can reduce or get rid of these issues.

The surgery can also make eyes look more open and fresh. Blepharoplasty can be done at the same time as other procedures, such as a brow lift, face-lift or skin resurfacing.

Following blepharoplasty it is important to sleep on the back with the head raised higher than the chest for a week or so. Waking beauty layered sleep system® is ideal in that it not only enables you to sleep comfortably on your back it also supports conditions where sleeping slightly propped up so that the head is higher than the chest is advised.

The elements we recommend form the 3 layered sleep system of ELEVATE / STABILISE and HARMONISE. HAMONISE and STABILISE offer the emotional and physical support to sleep and maintain a supine posture throughout the night.

It would also be advisable to use ALIGN under the knees and possibly a second STABILISE as additional support for the head to elevate and raise it higher than the body.

Going forward REPOSE would be an excellent meditative eye cushion for soothing the eyes and enhancing restful sleep once the eyes are healed. This element does not squash or deter lash growth as other elasticated eye masks can do and is a gentle comforting sleep aid.

Images of our dear leader who underwent this procedure and is a perfect case study for back sleeping post-operative.

Shula Rich pre op with eyelid skin folds

Pre-op with eyelid skin folds

Shula Rich one week post op

One week Post-op

Shula Rich seven months post op

Seven months Post-op

Submissions from Carron Ryan BSc. DBO

Waking Beauty® Elements recommended for eye surgery/treatment/ Blepharoplasty

Element NameElement Function
HARMONISESuper-soft HARMONISE gives emotional and physical support - Harmonise enables supine sleep while offering the comforting impression of side sleep. It supports the head and gives lateral support to the neck.
STABILISE X2STABILISE allows individual adjustment in a revolutionary way - Stabilise has a central zip on the reverse, allowing for ventilation and filling variation. Patients have all levels of firmness available in one pillow.
ELEVATEELEVATE raises the head to a comfortable position - Elevate is a small pillow that works synergistically with Stabilise to elevate the head, enabling the patient to retain a certain sleep height.
ALIGNALIGN targets support under the knees - Inspired by Alexander's position of Constructive Rest, Align give the targeted support by uniquely increasing the comfort of sleeping in a new position by raising the legs and spine to an optimum level and angle. Like Stabilise, the central reverse zip can adjust filling and firmness

Would you like extra darkness while asleep?

Ask for REPOSE

Repose eye pillow


Would you like extra elevation?

Use extra wool filler

Align pillow showing the woollen filling and label close up