When Can I Sleep on My Side After Breast Augmentation?

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and Nearby Nevada

Posted: January 21, 2022

Woman sleeping on her sideSleep is an essential element of your breast augmentation recovery. Quality sleep can speed up the healing process, improve your mood, and help you feel well-rested. However, the way that you sleep will impact your comfort level and possibly your results. Here are some useful tips. 

How to Sleep After Breast Augmentation 

You will need to sleep on your back during the initial stage of your recovery. Sleeping on your back will put your breasts in the most natural position and help the implants settle into place. It will also prevent issues such as discomfort or displacement caused by unnecessary pressure.

You could receive the all-clear to sleep on your sides as early as two weeks after breast augmentation. However, you may be advised to wear a special bra to support your chest.

After roughly four to six weeks, you should be able to resume sleeping on your stomach. Any other positions that you find comfortable are also acceptable at this point in your recovery.

Advice for Side and Stomach Sleepers 

Side and stomach sleepers can have a tough time staying on their backs throughout the night. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to keep yourself from rolling over accidentally. You might start by training yourself to sleep on your back several weeks in advance. It can also be helpful to sleep in a recliner chair or prop yourself up on pillows.

Not only will sleeping slightly elevated help keep you in the right position, but it will also help your recovery go smoothly. Sleeping upright improves circulation, minimizes swelling, and makes it much easier to get up in the morning without overexerting your arm or chest muscles.

Get Personalized Post-Op Directions

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Miller will provide you with detailed information about sleeping after breast augmentation. Call 702-369-1001 to book your free consultation. We serve patients from Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and other nearby areas of Nevada. 

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