It's best to sleep in a semi sitting up position. We recommend a Lazy Boy recliner if you have one. If not, 2 pillows usually works for most patients. This will help with post operative swelling as well as inadvertently damaging the grafts while sleeping.
For the first few days, you can lie flat with a colored towel on your pillow to pick up an blood. The by the 5th day, you can assume your normal sleeping position. Be sure to keep your recipient area away from any rubbing in the pillow of towel you use.
Follow your doctor's post operative instructions. That is the best recommendation. In general, you can sleep normally on your back. Ask if your doctor if he/she has a special method.
Sleeping after a FUE hair transplant
We recommend semi-sitting position using a recliner or a few pillows on the upper body. That allows the swelling to go away and minimizes accidental touching and rubbing the transplanted areas. Patients should sleep in that position for the first 4 night after FUE procedure and then they can resume their normal routine.