If you’ve just had a breast augmentation procedure, it is important to follow all your surgeon’s post-procedure instructions, so you end up with the best results possible. One of the most important instructions will be how to sleep properly, especially in the first few days following your surgery.
Wear Compression Garments
After breast augmentation, you’ll have incisions that need to be kept free of any added pressure or tension. Your surgeon will provide you with compression garments to wear over your breasts to help eliminate the possibility of pulling or stretching your incisions. These garments will also minimize swelling in the breasts. It is essential that you wear these compression garments for as long as your surgeon recommends, including while you are asleep.
Practice Best Positioning
The best position to sleep in after your breast augmentation procedure is on your back with your upper body slightly elevated. This position helps recovery by decreasing pressure and tension on your incisions, reducing swelling, and minimizing the need to use your upper body to get up in the morning.
Many patients opt to sleep surrounded by pillows in a recliner to achieve this position. However, for people who are used to sleeping on their sides or stomach, making the switch to sleeping on their back can be quite difficult.
We suggest practicing sleeping on your back for a few weeks prior to your breast augmentation procedure. This will make the position more comfortable and familiar. However, if sleeping in the ideal post-surgery position just isn’t possible, there are other options:
- Lying flat on your back
- Lying on your side with your breasts supported by a surgical bra or pillows
While everyone should avoid stimulants too close to bedtime, it is especially sage advice for people after breast augmentation surgery. Getting an adequate amount of sleep is vital after surgery to allow your body time to heal and to avoid post-surgical depression. Stimulants like caffeine or nicotine can disrupt your sleep cycle and extend your recovery time due to a lack of adequate rest. Even some prescription stimulants, like Adderall®, should be taken with care after surgery. Always consult with your doctor if you’re uncertain of how to take your medications before or after any surgical procedure.
Breast Augmentation in Tampa Bay
If you’re tired of small, sagging, or misshapen breasts and live in Tampa Bay, Dr. William W. Adams and his team of plastic and reconstructive surgery experts are ready to help. Call us at (727) 328-2299 or schedule a consultation online to get the expertly sculpted breasts you’ve always wanted with the compassionate and competent care you deserve.