A facelift procedure can make you beautiful; however, you have to incorporate some lifestyle changes to maximize beauty enhancement. Facelifts are best maintained by proper diet and exercise to bring out rejuvenation and maximal healing. However, most people undergoing a facelift procedure often neglect an important part of the natural healing process: sleep.
It may be all too discomforting to sleep immediately after facelift surgery. Many people who have undergone facelift surgery may find it hard to sleep at times. However, if you have proper sleep aids, you can bring yourself to sleep well and maximize healing. Just make sure that you keep your back elevated at about 2 to 3 pillows for the first three nights to have minimal swelling. Just make sure that your neck is not stretched.
So why do we need good sleep after facelift surgery?
Maybe you have noticed that people who are deprived of sleep look older and have stress-induced changes on the face. Yes, lack of sleep has a cosmetic impact on the face. Lack of sleep also makes healing from a facelift slower and more delayed. It is said that insomnia can cause problems in skin function and integrity. With lack of sleep, inflammatory skin conditions can result, such as psoriasis and eczema. Insomnia can also trigger the development of irritant and allergic contact dermatitis. In addition, lack of sleep can cause the levels of the stress-causing hormone cortisol to rise. Rise in cortisol levels can lead to higher mortality rates.
So why do we need to get adequate sleep after a facelift? This is because if you lack sleep, you will have a decline in the body’s melatonin production. This further leads to loss of skin structure and integrity. Collagen is the skin’s main component that maintains its structure and integrity to provide elasticity and a youthful appearance. Lack of sleep can disrupt the way collagen is produced by the body. With lack of collagen in the skin, the skin is no longer an effective barrier that can prevent excessive water loss and can block the entry of toxins to the body. Collagen formation is highly dependent on immune synchronization which occurs during sleep.
With continuing lack of sleep, there is impairment of skin function so that the skin becomes prone to numerous skin diseases. Ulcerative skin lesions can develop on the legs. Bacterial invasion can happen on the skin because there is a break in skin membrane integrity.
Lack of sleep raises glucocorticoid hormones which cause stress. One of these hormones is cortisol. The problem with these glucocorticoids is that they increase blood glucose levels in the blood, thus leading to delay in wound healing. These glucocorticoids can also impair immune function and prevent the normal response to infections. This can further hasten the aging process.
So how can you ensure good sleep after a facelift? Here are some tips:
Make a Sleep Schedule
We know it is hard to sleep right after a facelift procedure because of the discomforts. However, there is no other way of making your skin heal faster than to get enough sleep. The trick here is to get back in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. This cycle is called your circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is normalized when you sleep and wake up at the same time each day. If you restore your circadian rhythms to normal levels, you will soon feel energized and healing from your facelift is maximized. You will feel and look more rejuvenated.
Relax at Nighttime
Even if you have just undergone a facelift procedure, still you can create ways on how to relax during bedtime. The tip here is to establish bedtime rituals that will make you sleep. These bedtime rituals should enable you to relax before sleeping so that you can sleep soundly at night. You should be able to let go of stress to create a powerful signal in your brain to sleep.
So how can you do this? First, make sure that your bedroom is conducive for sleeping. You should have a bed which is comfortable enough to sleep. Your room should be free from noise and other distractions. If you live in the city where there is a lot of noise coming from traffic, you can use earplugs to minimize the noise.
Your room should neither be too hot or too cold. You should have a room that has a proper temperature that can lull you to sleep. Most people can sleep at a room with a temperature of around 65° F or 18° C.
Reserve the Bed for Sleep
The bed is only for sleeping or for sex. It is not a place for work or for errands. If you work in bed, you will have a hard time in winding down at night where you should be sleeping. You should do some relaxing activities in bed such as reading a book or magazine in soft light, taking a warm bath, listening to soft music, doing some easy stretching, listening to audio books, or meditating.
Get Plenty of Exercise and Eat Right
If you exhaust your body through exercise during the day, you will find out that you will not have any trouble sleeping at night. Exercise will also eliminate excess fat which causes flabs and other signs of aging on your face. The trick is to exercise for 30 minutes at least two to three times a week. Also, stay away from full meals during dinner because you cannot sleep well if you are too full. Eliminate caffeine and alcohol from your life because these can disrupt nighttime sleep. Also, avoid drinking too many fluids before going to bed because you might end up urinating every now and then when you should be sleeping.