When can I sleep on my stomach after a mommy makeover?

I had a tummy tuck with breast lift and implants on 2/20. I'm normally a stomach sleeper... Now that I feel better, I was wondering when I can start sleeping on my stomach again? I'm scared to start side sleeping bc I know I'll roll over at some point during the night and I don't want to mess anything up by sleeping on my stomach too soon after surgery.

Doctor Answers 6

Sleep Position After Surgery

Thank you for your question.  At about six weeks most restrictions on position and exercise are lifted.  Trust your judgement...if it hurts, don't do it.  Best wishes on your recovery.

Sleeping on Your Back

I would follow the advice of your surgeon but I generally would not recommend that you start sleeping on your back.

Earl Stephenson, Jr, MD, DDS, FACS

Postop instructions are the responsibility of the operating surgeon after mommy makeover

I permit my patients to lay on her stomach after in abdominoplasty as soon as it is comfortable. This usually takes about 46 weeks.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy Makeover- when can I sleep on my stomach

After a mommy makeover it is important to have good postoperative activity and position instruction.  In about 2 weeks patients are able to sleep on their side some, and at about 4 weeks sleeping on your stomach is allowed.  Most of the time after six weeks restrictions on position and exercise are lifted. Let your body be your guide, and if it hurts, don't do it.

Best of Luck to you

Steven M. Camp, MD
Fort Worth Plastic Surgeon
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Sleeping on stomach after mommy makeover

I tell my patients that sleeping on their stomach is OK 4-6 weeks after a tummy tuck or breast surgery. If it is uncomfortable at all, I would wait. But you shouldn't be worried about affecting your surgical results if you have waited 4-6 weeks.

William T. Stoeckel, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Can I sleep on my stomach after a mommy makeover?

You will see that most of the doctors will recommend you to ask your plastic surgeon as he knows best what you had done, it is still early to sleep over your stomach a good time to begin is when swelling begin to fade and all scars are healed, this happens at 6-8 weeks. Good luck!

Australia Fragoso Baez, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 381 reviews

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