Getting restful sleep is always beneficial for your body and mind, but it is especially important after breast augmentation. As I advise my plastic surgery patients in Boston, sleeping well is just as important as eating well and staying hydrated during the recovery process.
Like many women, you may have questions about the best way to sleep after surgery without disturbing your surgical site. In this blog post, I will share some guidance for getting restorative rest so you can enjoy your new look as quickly and comfortably as possible.
Why Good Sleep Matters After Surgery
Sleep is essential for healing and wellness, both physically and mentally. Getting plenty of rest in the days following your procedure is one of the best ways to get back to your normal routine as quickly and safely as possible.
Aiming for 8 hours a night offers several benefits, including:
- Limiting inflammation
- Promoting healthy blood flow
- Encouraging cellular regeneration
- Improving cognitive function
You will need more sleep than usual as you recuperate after surgery, so focus on giving your body all the rest it needs to heal. Learn more about what to expect in the days following breast augmentation in this previous blog post.
The Best Sleeping Position After Breast Augmentation
When choosing a sleeping position after breast augmentation, your main goals are to sleep comfortably, avoid putting too much pressure on your implants, and eliminate stress on your incisions. Typically, your best option is to sleep on your back with your upper body slightly elevated on pillows or in a recliner. This position reduces fluid buildup, prevents excess pressure on your chest, and minimizes stress or irritation around your incisions.
Once your incisions have healed and your implants have settled, you may transition to sleeping on your side with a pillow under your breasts. For most women, this happens around the 6-week mark.
Tips for Getting Better Rest
If you find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep during recovery, try these tips:
- Practice before surgery: Start sleeping on your back a few days before surgery to familiarize your body with this new position.
- Stay lightly active: Take short walks around the house during the day to expend energy. Remember not to exert your upper body muscles or move too vigorously during this time.
- Avoid caffeine and blue light: They may cause restlessness and make sleeping difficult, especially at night.
- Manage stress: Journal or talk through your feelings with a loved one so racing thoughts do not keep you awake.
Peace of mind makes all the difference when it comes to getting restful sleep after surgery. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, do not hesitate to call my office. My surgical team and I will answer your questions to put your mind at ease.
To see examples of the results you may enjoy once you are healed, please visit my breast augmentation before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to learn more about the best post-surgery healing tips from a breast surgeon in Boston, please contact me online or call (781) 237-7700.