You can expect your breast augmentation recovery to take from one to two weeks. Besides swelling, there will also be some bruising and tenderness. As long as there are no complications, odds are you will feel good enough to be back at work within a week. Plan on wearing a compression garment or surgical bra for several weeks, as well as sleeping on your back. While this sleeping position is only temporary, for some women, the idea of back sleeping for weeks can be the most frustrating part of recovery.
Is sleeping on your back necessary?
Your newly placed breast implants may cause mild pain, so sleeping on your back will more than likely be the most comfortable position. However, there are additional reasons to sleep chest up. Back sleeping will avoid unnecessarily strain on your new incisions, ensuring proper healing. This position will take pressure off your chest, giving the breast capsule time to safely form around the implant. Sleeping on your back will also help to keep swelling to a minimum.
Before your breast augmentation, set up your sleeping area. Add extra pillows to support your arms, shoulders, and sides, ensuring you cannot roll over in your sleep. Smaller pillows can be used to prop your head in a comfortable position., supporting the natural curve of your neck and shoulders. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center recommend tucking a little pillow under the back of your knees to reduce stress on your spine and better support your lower back. For the first night or two, consider sleeping in a recliner for optimal comfort.
Suggestions for Sleeping After Your Breast Augmentation:
• Avoid lying on your stomach for several weeks
• Prop up the head of your bed
• Place pillows against your sides to keep from rolling over
• Continue wearing your surgical bra or compression garment, even at night
• Follow your surgeon’s instructions on when to resume stomach sleeping
Getting “Back” to Normal
Generally speaking, after four to six weeks, most women can return to side or stomach sleeping. Every doctor will have their own recovery protocols, so carefully follow the instructions from your operating surgeon. As soon as you are ready to change sleeping positions, your physician will let you know. Then, you can decide what position is most comfortable for you.
Learn more about the breast augmentation recovery process by calling Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery at (281) 407-7428. Our patient coordinator will answer your questions and schedule your private, free consultation with Dr. Vitenas.