Breast augmentation—or any traditional surgery—can take a physical and mental toll. Proper rest is essential for allowing the body to recover and safely heal, and yet changes to the body (like surgery) can make sleep uncomfortable.
Breast augmentation patients at my practice in Roanoke, VA, often have concerns about sleeping after surgery. Luckily, a little preparation and a few handy tricks can help you get the rest you deserve after breast augmentation surgery.
How Good Sleep Assists Recovery
Sleep is the best way to boost your immune system and promote a speedy recovery. You may feel more tired than usual after the procedure as your body works hard to heal. Sleep gives you uninterrupted time to relax mentally, and it allows your body time to focus on delivering nutrients and restorative hormones to injured muscles and tissues. Sleep can even help reduce the amount of pain you feel, so aim for 8 hours per night.
Best Sleeping Positions After Surgery
Sleeping after breast augmentation can be more difficult as your body might feel sore and uncomfortable. To reduce swelling around your breast implants, keep your upper body elevated when lying on the bed or couch. Support your back with a couple of pillows so you can recline more comfortably. This added height helps minimize fluid buildup and keeps the breasts in a more natural position.
After around a week, when the swelling has subsided, you can slowly go back to sleeping flat. Stay on your back and don’t roll to your side while you sleep. Side sleeping can put pressure on your implants and strain your incisions as they heal.
How To Train Yourself To Sleep on Your Back
Training yourself to be a back sleeper can be a bit of a challenge. To make the transition easier, start practicing during the weeks leading up to surgery. Place extra pillows under each arm to “lock” yourself in place while in bed. You can also place a pillow under your knees to relieve lower back discomfort. Be persistent, and always move back into position if you accidentally end up on your side.
Other Tips for Getting Great Sleep
After learning how to sleep comfortably on your back, consider a few other useful tips:
- Avoid caffeine at least 6 hours before you plan on falling asleep.
- Reduce your exposure to blue light by turning off the TV and putting away your phone before bed.
- Take a warm shower in the evening to signal your body that it’s time to relax.
- Wear a supportive bra while you sleep so your breasts can be gently held in place.
Adjusting your sleep habits after surgery isn’t always easy, but your beautiful results will be worth it. If you would like to learn more about getting breast implants and you’re in the Roanoke, VA, area, please request a consultation online. You can also contact our practice office by phone at (540) 776-1600.