Best way to sleep post surgery
October 19, 2016
Finding a comfortable and suitable way to sleep post-surgery can be very difficult. There are some surgeries where it is very important you sleep in a certain position and avoid putting pressure on an area. Sleep helps to aid recovery so having a full and comfortable night of sleep is very important.
With any breast-related surgery, it is best to completely avoid putting any pressure on your chest area for at least 6 weeks. This allows the swelling to go down at a good rate and it allows the pain to subside. Most surgeons suggest lying on your back or sleeping on your side with support under and in between your breasts to avoid discomfort.
Fat transfer to the buttocks
As many may know, after a fat transfer to the buttocks you are advised to not sit on your behind for at least two weeks. After the two week mark you can sit on your buttocks for a short amount of time, this allows the fat to adjust properly. For the first 6-8 weeks, it is advised to lay on your front to stop pressure being put on the buttocks. If you haven’t had fat transferred to the hips you are able to lie on your side, with support under your buttocks.
Compared to other procedures Liposuction is not as invasive. There still is the possibility of bruising, swelling and discomfort but this will subside over the course of a week or two. It is advised to sleep not on the area treated. For example, if you had your stomach worked on you should sleep on your back. This will avoid discomfort. When you feel like you are ready to sleep on the area worked on without discomfort you can.
An abdominoplasty is quite an invasive and large procedure. It involves both liposuction and excess skin removal. This means that the front abdominal area will be very tight and tender post procedure. We suggest that you sleep on your back to avoid any pressure on the wound. After all of the pain and swelling has subsided you can begin to sleep on your side or front again. However, keep in mind that these are just our suggestions on how to sleep post surgery. You should follow your surgeon’s aftercare plans strictly for the best results.
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