Find out what you can do to improve the resolution of your facial swelling after rhinoplasty, eyelid, facelift and fat grafting surgery.
Who doesn't want to speed up the resolution of their swelling after facial plastic surgery? While tissue swelling, or edema, is a normal reaction to many plastic surgery procedures there are a few tips that I tell patients who are looking to speed up their recovery.
Raise Your HeadProbably the simplest thing you can do to speed up the improvement of your facial swelling is to sleep with your head elevated. This doesn't mean that you have to sleep bolt upright (it's important to rest well for the healing process, too)! I recommend to my patients to elevate their head at least 35 to 40 degrees. This can be done by adding some pillows to their bed or by sleeping in a recliner. The main goal is to raise your head above your heart so that gravity will help your body whisk away the tissue fluid while you sleep. I'm often asked how long to maintain this routine. That's a good question and there's no fixed answer. It really depends on your preference and how much you want to decrease your swelling further. No matter what you do your facial swelling will improve and get to the same endpoint. We're merely trying to get to that endpoint faster.
Sun exposure and warmer environments will tend to cause increased facial swelling compared with if you stay out of direct sunlight and stay in relatively cooler places. Avoiding direct sunlight is also good for proper incision healing as well.
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