Sleeping comfortably following breast augmentation surgery is essential for a speedy and comfortable recovery. When patients visit Dr. Jeffrey Hartog of The Bougainvillea Clinique in Winter Park, FL to undergo breast implant placement, they may have a lot of questions about the best way to sleep following their surgery.
Here are a few tips to help you get the best sleep possible as your body heals:
- Get plenty of rest before your surgery. This will help your body recover quickly.
- Wear a comfortable bra after surgery. A supportive bra will help reduce swelling and keep your breasts in place.
- Sleep on your back or on your side. Sleeping on your stomach can put pressure on your breasts, which may cause pain or discomfort.
- Use a pillow to support your arms and head when sleeping on your side. This will help keep your spine in alignment and reduce pain and discomfort.
- Keep your arms at your sides, not above your head. This reduces swelling and pain around the surgical site.
- Take a pain reliever before going to bed if you are experiencing discomfort. Your doctor may prescribe a stronger medication for you to use when needed.
- Elevate your arms or place pillows under them while sleeping to keep blood from pooling in the area and causing pain or discomfort.
- Talk with your surgeon about all of your concerns regarding lifestyle changes after surgery (i.e., strenuous activity, lifting heavy objects, lifting your arms).
- Drink plenty of fluids after surgery to reduce the risk of developing a hematoma.
- If you are lying down for long periods of time, have a pillow or stack of blankets to support your upper body. You should also elevate your arms. This will reduce blood buildup and decrease swelling.
How do I learn more about the healing process following breast augmentation surgery?
Women who visit Dr. Jeffrey Hartog of The Bougainvillea Clinique in Winter Park, FL for their procedure will often have a lot of questions regarding the recovery and how to sleep comfortably after their surgery. We encourage women to ask questions during their consultation appointment, and to call in if they have any additional concerns during the recovery period.