Any suggestions on how to sleep comfortably after breast augmentation?
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Breast augmentation - uncomfortable. How to sleep?
- Sleeping on your back gives most people severe back pain.
- Put a pillow under your legs to sleep.
- And do exercises to stretch out your back -
- The problem is spasm of back muscles.
- I tell my patients sleeping on the side is fine - ask your surgeon if it's ok to do thjis.
- You will get less back pain and after a week, should not affect healing.
Sleeping position after augmentation
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, at 6 days post op , you need to be sleeping on your back and elevated as well. Try and be patient, in a few weeks you will feel less sore and gradually go from back to your sides (with pillows) and back to stomach sleeping .
Sleeping after breast augmentation.
In the short term, there may not be a great solution other than to sleep on your back. Most patients will eventually find a way to sleep comfortably after breast augmentation. Be patient and try to make yourself as comfortable as possible while so soon after surgery.
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Post operation sleeping
Post operative sleeping can be difficult for most since typically only one position is recommended for the first couple of weeks - on your back. Being a week post-op now, I would advise that it is OK to sleep however you feel is most comfortable. I might suggest a sports bra that is not too tight, but provides adequate support while you are sleeping. Just to be sure I would call your plastic surgeon and confirm with him what he would like your sleeping habits to be the first couple of weeks. He could also help if you continue to experience pain preventing you from sleep.
Jaime Perez, MD
Breast Augmentation Specialist
Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa
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