How should I sleep after facial surgery – Rhytidectomy? Can back sleeping help?

The recommended length of supine sleep post-surgery – Rhytidectomy – is at least four weeks.

After the facelift procedure, you will need plenty of comfortable rest because recovery can be exhausting.

This is even more essential following facial surgery.

In the following weeks post-surgery you must sleep on your back with your head elevated.

More importantly, you need to maintain this position throughout the night and avoid accidentally turning.

The recommend length of supine sleep post-surgery for Rhytidectomy is at least four weeks.

Regardless of whether you are undergoing minor surgery, such as cosmetics injections,
or major surgery such as a facelift, if your usual sleeping posture is not supine,
you might find the following nights after surgery very uncomfortable.

Waking Beauty will support you during this period. We recommend combining three elements of the layered system to help you maximise the results of your facial surgeries whilst avoiding any side effects.

HARMONISE and STABILISE will offer you the emotional and physical support to sleep and maintain a supine posture throughout the night.

At the same time ELEVATE will ensure an adequate head elevation to improve fluid drainage.

Lastly, if you usually sleep with an eye mask you will find the post-operative days even more challenging because it is recommended to avoid using any eye mask, eyewear or goggles.

This is because the pressure of the eyewear can hamper the results of the facial procedures.

We recommend using REPOSE, an element that can block the light while gently resting on your face without the traditional restrictive pressure of an eye mask.

The table below contains the elements that we recommend:

Dr Sara Samari

Dr Sara Samari

Dr Sara Samari is a biomedical researcher and writer. Dr Samari’s main areas of expertise are biomedical science, musculoskeletal skeletal, microbiology and physiology.

Waking Beauty® Elements recommended for eye Rhytidectomy

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.
STABILISESTABILISE 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.
REPOSEREPOSE naturally warms the eye area – Repose, unlike the traditional too-restrictive eye mask, blocks the light while gently resting on the eyes and forehead.

Would you like extra support for your legs?

Ask for ALIGN

Align pillow


Would you like extra elevation?

Use extra wool filler

Align pillow showing the woollen filling and label close up