Just as with any other type of surgery, after you have had cosmetic or plastic surgery, it may be difficult to relax. You may be worried about hindering the healing process when you sleep, which is completely normal. However, there are ideal sleeping positions for certain cosmetic surgery procedures. Here are the best ways you can sleep and recuperate.
Best Sleep Position After Tummy Tuck
If you’ve had a tummy tuck, your waist should be slightly bent as you recover. The best way to sleep after getting this procedure is by having your head, knees, and feet elevated at a 45-degree angle. Avoid stretching too much so you don’t damage your incision area. You may even want to sleep in a recliner while you heal. There are also special contour pillows you can use.
Best Sleep Position After Breast Augmentation
Sleeping on your back with your waist slightly bent is best after breast augmentation surgery. Avoid using your pectoral muscles. You can use a few pillows around you and under your back to help support your new breasts. You should avoid stomach sleeping for four to six weeks after your surgery.
Best Sleep Position After Butt Lift or Augmentation
After you have undergone a butt lift or butt augmentation, you must avoid putting pressure on your buttocks for six to eight weeks. This is the cosmetic surgery procedure that requires the largest adjustments and takes a lot of discipline. You are required to sleep on your stomach until the tissue has completely healed. You may be able to sleep on your side in some instances, but you cannot roll over onto your back. The best way to prevent this from happening is to sleep with pillows surrounding your body to keep you in position.
Best Sleep Position After Facelift, Brow Lift or Rhinoplasty
If you’ve had a facelift, brow lift, or rhinoplasty, you should sleep on your back while elevating your head for around two to four weeks. The position prevents strain to your face and can prevent discomfort and swelling. Prop up your head using extra pillows and place extra pillows at your sides as well. The pillows beside you can be makeshift barriers to prevent you from rolling your head to the side during sleep. There are also special pillows you can get to prevent this from happening.
Talk to Your Plastic Surgeon About the Best Sleep Position for You
Depending on the cosmetic surgery procedure you have undergone, it’s absolutely essential to speak with your plastic surgeon. They will instruct you on the best sleeping positions based on the surgery you have just gotten. Always remember that’s it’s important to prepare ahead of time so that you are able to make the proper adjustments. This will aid in your healing process and help you to stay comfortable during this time.
If you are located in Utah and are interested in getting any of these or other cosmetic surgery procedures, contact Howland Plastic Surgery for an initial consultation.
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