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 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.
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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