Sleeping on Nose 5.5 Month Post Rhinoplasty?

hello... so i think when i sleep at night that i may be sleeping sideways on my nose.... i hate it cause i sleep so deep that i don't remember anything.... however the other morning i did wake up cause i caught myself on my nose.... so my question is.... could doing this cause any damage whatsoever being 5 1/2 months post op rhinoplasty? thank you.

Doctor Answers 4

At 5.5 months after rhinoplasty, you can sleep as you wish

Although I recommend that my patients sleep in an elevated position after rhinoplasty to minimize the swelling, your nose will have healed enough after 5 1/2 months that you don't need to worry any longer about your sleeping position.

Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Sleeping Prone

If you are more than 6 weeks out after rhinoplasty then you can sleep any way you want because it really does not affect the result.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Sleeping On Nose At 5.5 Months After Surgery


At about half a year post-op, your nose should be at least 2/3 healed and so your nose should be at a fine place down the recovery line to sustain the pressure caused by sleeping on your side.

Please do bear in mind to protect your nose from accidental traumas and to follow your surgeon's instruction religiously as your nose remain at an incomplete recovery state.

I hope this helps.

The best of luck to you.

Thank you for your inquiry.

Dr. Sajjadian

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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After six weeks from a routine rhinoplasty, nasal structures have achieved about 75% of their structural strength.  After 5.5 months, nasal injury (damage) from just "side sleeping" is nil.

Robert Shumway, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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