Is side sleeping after Breast Augmentation and Lipo of back and flanks ok?
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Sleeping Position after Surgery
Melly. It is best to get recommendations from your surgeon with this regard. I usually allow my breast augmentation patients to sleep on their sides as long as they wear their surgical bra. I don't restrict sleeping position after liposuction. Good luck!
Post operative care
Thank you for your question. It is always best to first consult with your operating surgeon and every physician has their own unique set of post operative instructions for their patients. That being said, for a unilateral procedure such as your breast augmentation, it would not be harmful to sleep on the side opposite the operative site. However, to reducer swelling we often advise our patients to sleep on their backs and on a slight incline.
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Lane F. Smith, M.D., F.A.A.C.S., F.A.O.H.N.S., F.A.B.F.P.R.S.
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
I do not think that sleeping on your side would be a problem, but you should check with your surgeon.
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Thank you for your question.
It would be best to remain in the recliner and continue to sleep on your back. I would recommend asking your surgeon to see if he feels it would be alright for you to change position, every doctor has their own individual post-op routines they prefer. Good luck with healing.
Good question. My recommendation following breast augmentation is to sleep on your back. That being said, best advice is to follow instructions from your plastic surgeon. I wish you good luck.
Every surgeon as a different approach to this, call your surgeon and ask what he/she recommends. In my practice I am ok with side sleeping in a supportive sports bra, no underwire. As far as the liposuction goes, most patients are in a tight fitting garmet and any sleeping position is fine. Bestc of luck to you!
Thank you for your question.
I would recommend following the post-operative instructions of your plastic surgeon because every surgeon has slightly different protocols. I usually recommend that my patients sleep on their backs for the first week. If after a week, everything is healing nicely and the patient is comfortable to do so, they can then sleep on their sides or stomachs but every patient heals differently so it is really a case by case decision. Best of luck.
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Sleeping position after surgery
Thanks for your question. Yes, that should be just fine. I'd suggest sleeping in a sports bra to help keep everything stabilized. That should control swelling and pain. Best wishes.
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