Can You Sleep on Your Stomach with Breast Implants?

Is there any side effects from sleeping on your stomach with implants?

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Should you sleep on your stomach after breast implants?

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I discourage my patients from sleeping on their stomach after breast implants as I have seen after fifteen years in practice that one of the main reasons for secondary surgeries is laterally displaced implants, which could be encouraged by sleeping on your stomach.  I also encourage patients to sleep in a sports bra after breast surgery.

Any side effects if you sleep in the stomach position with implants?

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Once you have healed and your capsules are stable, usually around 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, you can start experimenting with different positions for sleep as you feel comfortable.  Prior to that, it is best if you refrain from sleeping on your stomach and continue to sleep on your back or your sides.  I also have my patients wear their postoperative bra during sleep for the first 4 to 6 weeks as well.  It may still feel uncomfortable or unnatural for you to sleep on your stomach even at this point, but at least you can begin to try.  The main reason for this precaution in my practice, in addition to purely comfort and the common sense avoidance of discomfort from something obvious like putting pressure on healing tissues, is to allow the implant capsules the chance to form naturally without any undue stresses from irregular or uneven directions which could potentially change the shape or position of the breasts.  While there may be no evidence that this matters, it makes sense intuitively, and for something this simple and really risk-free to adhere to, I don't see any reason to tempt fate.  The reality is that most girls who are habitual stomach sleepers will still probably find themselves on their tummies from time to time during the night, and I don't think that the occasional short time in this position is cause for alarm.  However, being mindful of avoiding that position will help them limit this, and it is worth it in my opinion and probably helps limit the overall effect that that has.  Good luck.

Joseph L. Grzeskiewicz, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Belly Sleeping after Breast implants

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Thank you for your question.

Many patient are concerned with how sleep positions can affect their breast augmentation results but once you have healed from your procedure (four to six weeks) you should be able to sleep in any position comfortable.  The fear regarding 'belly sleeping' too early is that the breast capsule has not been formed yet and you could put undue pressure on the breast pocket causing displacement of your implants.  I find that 24 hour wear of a light weight compression bra post-operatively helps to prevent displacement as well.  With that said, surgeons are not all in agreement on this matter and I would therefore recommend that you discuss this concern with your operating surgeon.

I hope this helps and best of luck!

Okay to sleep on your stomach after breast implants heal

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After you are healed, there seems to be no reason to avoid sleeping on your stomach.  I ask my patients to wait six weeks before doing so.

Michael S. Hopkins, MD (retired)
Albuquerque Plastic Surgeon

Stomach sleeping after implants

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Yes, you certainly can!  I think it's best the first 3 months after augmentation to avoid stomach sleeping, but after that it's no problem.  I think it's good to allow the skin and muscle to heal first.


Elizabeth R. Blakemore, MD
Greenville Plastic Surgeon

Sleeping on stomach with breast implants

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I know of no specific studies implying that sleeping on one's stomach will be detrimental for breast implants.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Sleeping with breast implants

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It really depends how long after the operation.

Ideally for the first 4-6weeks you should avoid direct pressure on the implants. There is no science behind this recommendation just a sensible precaution.

I would also recommend wearing your post-op bra for this period too.




Pouria Moradi, MBBS, FRACS
Sydney Plastic Surgeon

Sleeping on your stomach with implants

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Please listen to your surgeon but you should probably wait until after your initial recovery before sleeping on your front. After your surgeon gives you the okay, it should be fine to sleep on your stomach with implants. You won't be injured or cause damage to your implants by doing so.

Sleeping on your stomach after breast augmentation

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I agree that it is fine to sleep on your stomach about 4-6 weeks after your surgery. If you do so before, you might influence the positioning of the implant as the capsule is maturing.  

Wm. Todd Stoeckel, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Sleeping after breast implants

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I recommend six weeks of wearing a sports bra at night.  I think this helps stabilize the implants and prevent unwanted displacement of the implants while sleeping. I have a concern that lying on the stomach prior to six weeks may change the shape of the pocket for the implants. 

After six weeks, anything goes!

Gordon Lewis, MD
Midlothian Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

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