Best Positions For Sitting and Sleeping After Tummy Tuck Surgery? (photo)

what are the best way's to sit and watch TV and what about laying down to sleep . I have NEVER had any kind of surgery in my life and i really dont know what to do and i'm starting to freak out with only 14 days to my tummy tuck but i have lost 104 lbs and really need to fix all this

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Best position after a tummy tuck


Thank you for your question and photo. First of all, congratulations on your tremendous weight loss! I'm sure that you already feel much better and have improved your self-image which should only get better after your surgery. The best position after a tummy tuck is a reclining chair position.  This allows you to be flexed at your waist and this type of chair will also help you get up by using you arms which can be very hard to do in a complete recumbent position. Remember that it is important to get up frequently to walk around after surgery and make sure that you move your feet and legs often while in the chair. Best of luck with your surgery.

Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Sleep position after tummy tuck

Thank you for your question.  I recommend to my patients that they sleep on their back with their hips flexed at 30 degrees for one week following surgery - usually with a pillow under the thighs and 3 or 4 to prop up the torso.  This keeps tension off the healing incision, and pressure off the operated abdomen.  After a week it is generally acceptable to straighten at the waist, but recommended to keep sleeping on the back for several more weeks.

Joshua D. Zuckerman, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Recovery after tummy tuck

Thank you for your question and congratulations on your weight loss.

One good position to sleep and sit after tummy tuck surgery is to recline in the "beach chair" posiiton with one or two pillows behind your head and one or two pillows behind your knees.

I hope this helps.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 183 reviews

Best position for sitting and sleeping after a tummy tuck

Since the skin will be pulled somewhat tightly, you should not lay flap or stand straight for the first 2 weeks.  When laying down pillows should be placed under your head and knees or lay in a fetal position on your side.   Best of luck, Dr. Michael Omidi

An in-person exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to assess your needs and provide true medical advice.

Michael M. Omidi, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 97 reviews

Getting Up During Recovery

While you are in the first couple of weeks of healing after a TT, it is best to roll on your side to get up from bed or off the couch, while sure that you are wearing any compression garment that is suggested by your PS. This is not a standard restriction or rule, and if you are having any specific problems go ahead and contact your surgeon to see what may be best for you.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 110 reviews

Great weight loss

It is best to sleep with the back elevated about 60 degrees to take the pressure off of the incision.  A lounge chair is great.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Best way to sit after a tummy tuck

Hello!, very common question. Unfortunately it will be uncomfortable all around.  Lying on your stomach is out, of course!.  Lying on one side or another with knees bent is OK but will swell on theside that is touching the bed. Lying reclined in a bed or recliner is best!

Good Luck

Thomas T. Jeneby, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Tummy Tuck recovery

Following the tummy tuck procedure, you should be in a flexed position to minimize tension on the incision sites by to bending at the hips (waist) in order to reduce tension on the newly tightened skin. A recliner chair is perfect for this purpose but a pillow beneath your knees and several at the head of the bed will work well also.


Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 159 reviews

Try sleeping in a recliner...

It’s important for abdominoplasty patients to keep their abdomen flexed for one to two weeks following surgery.This avoids tension on the wound closure and minimizes the potential for wound breakdown and spread of the scar. Therefore we generally recommend that patients sit and sleep in a recliner chair with their knees and hips flexed for one to two weeks following abdominoplasty. Although patients may stay flexed while sleeping on their sides they sometimes turn and extend their backs reflexedly. This doesn’t happen in a recliner chair.
No two patients are the same and for this reason it’s important to individualize post-operative care. If you’re concerned about this issue, it’s important to discuss post-operative care with your surgeon.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Sleeping position after tummy tuck

For the first 2-3 days, put pillows under your head and knees when lying down, keeping a bend at the waist to avoid pulling on your incisions. You should also sleep on your side in a fetal position, and avoid standing straight up or sitting straight up.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 179 reviews

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