I had breast augmentation on February 9th 2012 400CC / silicone / under the muscle / incision around areola. No problems at all, no pain and i feel great! I normally sleep on my side so, it has been hard to stay sleeping the whole night on my back. When is it safe to start sleeping on my side or on my stomach? I worry that if i try sleeping on my side or stomach I might wake up with the implants towards one side, capsulated, deform or even pop it. Could it be painful if i try another position?
How Long Do I Have to Sleep on my Back After Breast Augmentation?
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Sleeping after a breast augmentation
I tell my patients to sleep on their back for at least 6 weeks after a breast augmentation to prevent deformation of the implant and the scar capsule that is forming around the implant during that time. I tell my patients not to sleep on their stomach ever because I believe that position leads to drooping appearance of the breast. Also most women tell me it is a bit uncomfortable to sleep prone after a breast augmentation anyway.
The other reason to sleep on your back is that you will get fewer wrinkles on your face. Lay on your side with and hand held mirror and look at your face when you are lying on your side and you will see more wrinkles than you want. Also sleeping on your side tend to increase the wrinkling of the skin of your chest.
Thank you for your question and good luck.
Sleeping on Stomach After Breast Augmentation
I recommend not sleeping on the stomach for about a month out from the procedure. Sleeping on your side is fine if it feels comfortable.
Sleeping after Breast Augmentation
In my practice, after Breast Augmentation, my patients are asked to sleep on their side or back for generally 6 weeks. If something is hurting or uncomfortable, then I would avoid that position. All the best.
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Sleeping After A Breast Augmentation
As I answer this, you are 5 weeks after surgery. I prefer that my patients sleep on their backs for the first 3-4 weeks. I then allow them to sleep on their sides as comfort allows. They then progress to sleeping on their abdomens from there as comfort allows as well. Be sure to discuss this with your surgeon as they may proceed at a different pace. Good luck.
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How long should I sleep on my back after breast augmentation?
I recommend 6 weeks of sleeping on your side or back. I often ask patients prone to sleeping on their stomach to surround themselves with pillows so they don't rollover at night. After 6 weeks, you can attempt to sleep on your tummy, but may find it rather uncomfortable for months.
I would carefully monitor your implants, as you do run a risk of the implants pushing outward due to pressure on the chestwall while sleeping on your stomach.
I wish you a safe recovery and fantastic result!
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Sleeping After Breast Augmentation
After a 2 week recovery period, you should be safe to sleep on your side as long as it isn't painful or uncomfortable for you. 6 weeks is best before attempting to sleep on your stomach.
Sleeping on your side or stomach after augmentation.
Sleeping position is most important during the first 4-6 weeks following surgery. During this time, the capsule which defines the implant pocket is developing. Sleeping on your sides or stomach is typically okay following the first month or so after surgery.
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Sleeping on your back or side after breast augmentation
In general I keep my patients sleeping on their back or side for about 2 to 4 weeks depending on their comfort level.
Best of luck!
Sleeping position after augment
Everyone is a little different after surgery, both in how fast they heal and what sleeping position is comfortable. I tell my patients if it hurts, don't do it and this covers sleeping position too. So if it doesn't hurt, it's probably fine. Hope this helps.
Your choice for comfort
Most women early postop breast augmentation are not comfortable lying on their stomach, but eventually any sleep position can be comfortable and will not cause any interference with the healing process.
As your surgery was already over one month ago, you should be feeling comfortable enough to sleep in any position. Many women use pillows to help position themselves early on, but again this is all for your comfort only and not medically necessary for a good result.
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