When Can I Sleep On My Side After Facelift?

Facelift surgery—while usually non-invasive—does require some modifications to your general routine. For example, it is best for patients to sleep and rest on their backs with their head slightly elevated. In a basic sense, this can help reduce swelling and keep a patient more comfortable. However, resting on one side or the other can cause issues because the incisions are on either side of the face. Let’s look deeper into sleeping positions following a facelift Raleigh, NC.

Why You Can’t Side Sleep After A Facelift

Facelift incisions can be located in front of or behind either ear. Even if behind the ear, the pressure of laying on your side can cause the incision to split open or hinder healing. Thus, this can lead to worsened scarring on one side and prolonged side effects. Asymmetry may occur with both swelling and the final result.

The initial healing stages are arguably the most important. Ensuring that the incisions have an adequate and low stress environment to heal can help promote less scarring, less discomfort, reduced swelling and side effects, and better results. While it is not easy for all patients, it is often worth it once patients see their final results.

Side sleeping is not the worst thing you could do during recovery. However, it is easy to avoid. Use extra pillows to prevent yourself from moving around too much. Some habitual side sleepers practice for a few nights before surgery to get used to the temporary, new position.

When You Can Return To Side Sleeping

The exact amount of time it takes for each patient to return to side sleeping depends on a few different factors. Firstly, Dr. Jindal will monitor healing during post-operative appointments and can help make recommendations on timeline based on these evaluations. Secondly, it is often not too comfortable for patients to sleep on their side after a facelift. Therefore, patients must feel comfortable resting on their side before returning to side sleeping.

The average timeline is generally around two weeks, but some patients can take up to four weeks to adjust and return to side sleeping. A facelift Raleigh, NC requires a careful and precise recovery. Dr. Jindal can help patients understand what is necessary and provide tips for making the ideal recovery as easy as possible.


The Jindal Institute for Youthful Aging specializes in facelift Raleigh, NC and other age rejuvenation procedures—surgical and non-surgical. Dr. Sumeet Jindal customizes his surgeries to the patient and provides clear instructions throughout the entire process. Finding the best facelift does not always involve finding the cheapest facelift. However, Dr. Jindal aims to make his facelift Raleigh, NC surgeries affordable. He does this through the use of local anesthesia which helps make facelifts more accessible, safer, and keeps patients comfortable. This cuts cost without cutting the quality or technicality of the procedure.

To learn more about facelift Raleigh, NC, call us at 919-861-4494 ext. 3. Patients can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.

Dr. Sumeet Jindal
Dr. Sumeet Jindal
Dr. Jindal is a board certified surgeon who offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic services in Raleigh, North Carolina.