Sleeping on Your Stomach After Tummy Tuck? (photo)

I'm still sleeping with my legs up and on incline with my back and it's day 15 after my procedure. It's hard to sleep for more than 2 hours at a time laying this way. I don't feel pain, except in my back, and I still have tape all where the incision was, and that's not close to peeling off. But is it okay to lay on my stomach and when does the tape start coming off?

Doctor Answers 7

Sleeping and tummy tuck

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It may take a few weeks before you can lie flat in bed. You probably can lie on your side with your legs bent.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Make a slow transition, start on your side...

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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.
Fifteen days is still very early in the post-operative course. At this point, it’s reasonable to start sleeping on your side and slowly start transitioning to your abdomen.
It’s important to realize that no two patients are ever exactly alike. For this reason, it’s always important to discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon.

When to sleep on your stomach after a tuck

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Tummy tucks are a very popular and effective technique to contour the abdomen. Patients undergoing this surgery must understand that there is a significant recovery process afterwards. Immediately after the surgery, patients are recommended to sleep on their back weather side and to keep their hips flex at all times. As your lower abdominal tissues will begin to relax, you'll be able to stand up straight at which time you can sleep on your stomach. This can happen at different times for each patient. In your case, it sounds as if your lower abdominal skin is still tight and you would benefit from continuing to sleep in a flexed position. During the day, try to stand up a little straighter everyday and to walk as much as possible. This will make you feel much more natural and help stretch your tissue.

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Sleeping on Your Stomach After Tummy Tuck?

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Thank you for your question.

Your plastic surgeon is the best person to guide you as to the best sleeping position during the recovery process.  In general, my patients sleep on their backs in a reclined position (recliners or multiple pillows work well) for about two weeks after surgery.    Most patients feel comfortable sleeping on their sides (fetal position) 2-3 weeks after having tummy tuck surgery.   It can take about 2 months ( even longer if breast surgery has been performed) before most patients feel comfortable sleeping on their stomaches.

I hope this helps.

Post op care after Tummy Tuck

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See your surgeon. I agree that you should get your advice from your own surgeon and not the rest of us on the internet. You will be much happier in the long run. Good luck.

Jack Gelman, MD
Frankfort Plastic Surgeon

Ask your doctor

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Patients should follow their physicians instructions to the "T". Trying to get post-op instructions from others is like too many cooks - they spoil the broth!

Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

When is it okay to sleep on stomach after tummy tuck

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I generally allow my patients to sleep on stomach after 2 weeks, However, your surgeon may have other concerns and I would consult with them prior to sleeping on your stomach.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

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