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Sleeping Position After Tummy Tuck

I Had my TT on Wed, I Am Comfortable Sleeping on my Side. Will I do any damage by sleeping on my side? I had op 2 days ago.

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No, I don't think you will do any damage sleeping on your side following a tummy tuck.

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No, I don't think you will do any damage sleeping on your side following a tummy tuck. The most important thing is that you are comfortable and your body will tell you if there is any problem sleeping on your side. Essentially if it is not listen to your body if its not painful it should be fine.

London Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Sleeping on Side Not Problem after TT

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Your body will let you know if you are in bad position sleeping or otherwise following a tummy tuck.  The only downside is that you may develop more swelling on the dependent side if you you tend to sleep on one side only.

Louisville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Will I do any damage by sleeping on my side after tummy tuck surgery?

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No, you probably wont do any damage sleeping on your side, but the standard sleeping position after tummy tuck surgery is in the "beach chair" or "recliner"  position. This position will  take pressure or tension off of your abdominal incision and relaxes your abdominal muscles, giving you less discomfort.

Sleeping on your side this early after surgery will cause more swelling on the dependent side. There also may be a discrepancy in your drain output (if your surgeon uses drains). Good luck and speedy recovery.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Sleeping position following tummy tuck

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I generally advise my patients to sleep in a recliner position for 5-7 days following tummy tuck.  Head elevated on pillows with pillows under knees to take tension off of the tummy tuck incision.  Sleeping on your side will not damage anything but you may experience more swelling and discomfort.

Best of luck,
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Recovering after abdominoplasty - sleep position

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I would recommend sleeping on your back with your knees bent up in a fetal position.  You should prop your head and upper back on several pillows. Also, place a sheet or towel over your sheets.

Web reference: http://www.karemd.com

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Tummy tuck and sleeping

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I prefer that may patients either sleep in a back up position like on a beach chair or lying on their side with their knees bent.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Sleeping position after tummy tuck

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Sleep however you are comfortable, even if that means sleeping on your side.  Of course, use reason and common sense--I wouldn't try to sleep on your stomach, for instance.  But if you're comfortable on your side, it's fine.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Sleeping Position Restrictions After Tummy Tuck

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Regarding: "Sleeping Position After Tummy Tuck
I Had my TT on Wed, I Am Comfortable Sleeping on my Side. Will I do any damage by sleeping on my side? I had op 2 days ago
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Most women find it easier to sleep on their sides or on their backs with several pillows under their knees. Your body will tell you what feels best. You will do not damage by sleeping on your bed on your side. If in doubt, consult with your surgeon. He may feel differently about it . (You KNOW how those British surgeons are...)

Dr. Peter Aldea

Memphis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Sleepiong on side folllowing tummy tuck

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There are several factors that may influence postoperative activity restrictions and your surgeon may have specific recommnedations. However, it should be relatively safe as long as you do not put excessice pressure or stress on the muscle or skin repair.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

PO Tummy Tuck . Sleeping Position?

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You will be much better off having this question answered by your plastic surgeon who knows your situation best, is aware of your progress ( and whether or not you are experiencing any complications)  and is ultimately responsible for your care. Receiving  postoperative care advice online  can only be confusing and/or dangerous.

Best wishes.

Web reference: http://www.poustiplasticsurgery.com/Procedures/Procedure_tummyTuck.htm

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 626 reviews

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