Sleeping positions after breast augmentation

Sleeping positions after breast augmentation

25th Mar 2019

Sleeping positions after breast augmentation


Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that can help women achieve their dreams of getting bigger, fuller, and rounder breasts. The procedure has been performed for many decades now and has a high success rate for patients who can follow the pre- and post-operative instructions properly.

While mostly performed for aesthetic purposes, breast augmentation surgery entails a set of instructions that need to be followed by the patient to achieve satisfactory results and avoid complications.

After leaving the medical facility, the plastic surgeon will give the patient a list of dos and don’ts for the recovery period. One of the most important things on this list is sleeping positions after breast augmentation.

When it comes to sleeping positions, one of the most common ones but also the least beneficial for the breasts is sleeping on the tummy, with the front of the body down. When sleeping in this position, the breasts are under a lot of pressure due to the weight of the body that weighs on them. Sleeping on the tummy can change the shape of the breasts over time, and this position needs to be avoided after breast augmentation surgery. After the surgery, the breasts will be swollen and bruised, and the recommendation is to avoid any unnecessary pressure on them. Sleeping on the tummy should be avoided at all costs as it can cause the implants to shift and can even trigger wound opening.

Sleeping on the side in a lateral position can also be dangerous for the breasts as in time it can lead to a loss of firmness. What happens when you sleep in this position is that the breasts are hanging and the ligaments that support the breasts are overstretched. This is the reason why if you prefer this sleeping position, the recommendation is to place a pillow under the breasts to offer them the necessary support. After breast augmentation surgery, this position can be chosen as you are required to wear a special post-op bra that will keep the breasts in a good position and offer them support.

However, the best position when it comes to sleeping after breast augmentation surgery is on the back as the weight of the breasts is fully supported by the body. This is the sleeping position that your plastic surgeon will advise you to adopt after the procedure and also to maintain after the recovery period is over. This position should be preferred over others as it reduces the risk of breast sagginess over time.

An important thing to mention is that the patient is advised to wear a special bra even during nighttime if the breasts have been significantly increased. The bigger the breasts are, the more they require special attention and more support to avoid breast ptosis. Women who get overly large breasts as a result of breast augmentation surgery are advised to make sure their breasts always have the right amount of compression and support, even while sleeping.


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