Sleep Position Tips after Breast Augmentation
By Dr. Suzanne Yee on March 11, 2020
Following your breast augmentation surgery under the care of Dr. Suzanne Yee, you will need to avoid strenuous activities and to relax while you heal. Following Dr. Yee’s recovery guidelines and resting in the proper position can help you maintain comfort throughout the post-operative healing phase.
Dr. Yee and our surgical team are dedicated to providing patients with a comfortable and convenient experience at our ultramodern surgical center. Here, the team at our Little Rock, AR, practice discusses the ideal sleeping position after breast augmentation surgery.
Sleep on Your Back after Breast Augmentation Surgery
Sleeping on your back (supine position) is widely considered to be the safest position during recovery. By avoiding putting pressure on your breasts while they heal, you can lower your risk of side effects like swollen or sore breasts or delayed healing. Proper sleeping habits can even ensure that you enjoy ideal cosmetic results.
Sleeping on your back can also prevent discomfort while sleep. Some patients find sleeping on their stomach to be uncomfortable due to the presence of implants. Sleeping on your back allows your implants to rest in their ideal position.
Keep Your Upper Body Elevated
You can gain even better healing benefits by elevating your upper body by 30 to 40 degrees while you sleep. By elevating your head and neck with pillows for the first two weeks during recovery, you can minimize chest swelling. Gravity is a significant factor when it comes to fluid buildup and swelling.
Sleeping on your back with a slightly elevated upper body also helps with mobility. The extra elevation and body orientation allow for greater ease when getting up and out of bed. The extra help can reduce strain on your body in the morning. Patients are generally advised to avoid straining the upper body after surgery.
Patients may wish to place pillows on either side of their body to improve comfort and help them maintain that position throughout the night. If you are uncomfortable sleeping on your back, you can alternate with sleeping on your side.
Other Sleeping Tips
Quality sleep promote healing. A good night’s sleep can even reduce discomfort related to your surgery. If you are not used to sleeping on your back, try sleeping in the supine position in the weeks leading to your surgery. After your surgery at our Little Rock surgical center, you should try to rest on your back at night for four to six weeks.
Other tips for a restful night of sleep include:
- Sleeping with a sports bra
- Investing in quality bedding
- Buying a new mattress
- Avoiding alcohol
- Eliminating the use of electronic devices one hour before sleeping
- Cutting out caffeine
- Sleeping in a completely dark environment
- Sleeping with your thermostat at or around 67 degrees
- Using a fan or another source of ambient noise at night
Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Today
A healthy recovery can ensure that you recover quickly and with the cosmetic results that you desire. By following these tips and the others given to you by Dr. Yee, you can take an active role in promoting healing.
To schedule your breast augmentation, please contact our office online or call (501) 224-1044. Our Little Rock facility is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
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