Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most frequently requested cosmetic plastic surgery patients for women in San Diego and La Jolla. While much has been written about the technical details of this procedure there seems to be little information to help guide patients during recovery, especially when it comes to helpful hints for sleeping after surgery.
Getting adequate sleep can be challenging for patients after breast augmentation surgery as it may be necessary to change your sleeping habits for a few weeks. Patients who undergo breast implant surgery in our San Diego practice are given clear and detailed instructions to help them catch some zzz’s after surgery.
Why is sleep important after breast enhancement surgery? Here are several reasons why it’s vital to make yourself a priority after surgery and catch up on much needed sleep:
Sleep is essential for a healthy immune system, which affects healing and prevents infection
Fatigue is common after surgery;
ample rest will restore your energy level.
Sleep helps the body’s healing mechanisms by increasing blood flow to injured tissues and muscles
Sleep can help to reduce pain
What are the proper sleeping positions following breast augmentation surgery? Here are some quick tips:
Sleep on your back for the first two weeks after surgery.
Sleep with your back slightly elevated as this reduces swelling and reduces back aches.
Avoid sleeping on your stomach or sides as this may increase pain, swelling, and negatively affect the outcome of surgery because of increased pressure on the surgical sites.
Place pillows along your sides which support your arms to reduce rolling over in your sleep.
Practice proper sleeping positions before surgery to get in the habit.
Don’t quit, it’s worth the effort.
Successful breast augmentation surgery depends upon many factors, not the least of which is carefully following postoperative instructions. These are provided by our preop RN when breast augmentation surgery is scheduled. However, our practice has a very hands on approach and encourages patients to call or email us with questions before and after augmentation mammaplasty. We look forward to meeting you soon so feel free to contact our practice for a complimentary consultation at 858-623-6333.