Best Sleeping Positions – Surgery Recovery
After a major surgical procedure, the physical stress placed on your body often makes it difficult to relax. Incisions and bandages may impede your favorite sleeping positions, forcing you to look for new ways to sleep comfortably. In today’s blog from Pearl Recovery, we’ll explore a few ideal sleeping positions for major cosmetic procedures like tummy tucks and brow lifts. Here are the best ways to rest and recover.
After a tummy tuck procedure, make sure your waist is bent slightly during the recovery process. You can achieve this by sleeping with your head, feet, and knees elevated, or, upright in a recliner at a 45-degree angle. Be careful to avoid strain or stretching, and allow your scar tissue to heal properly before reverting back to your old sleeping habits. There are also contour pillow systems you can purchase online specifically for this purpose.
Breast Implants or Augmentation
After breast implants or breast augmentation, it’s best to sleep on your back, upright, or slightly bent at the waist. Using your pectoral muscles too soon could be detrimental, and this angle eliminates the need to strain out of bed each morning. Place several pillows around you and behind your back to help support the new weight of your implants.
Also, try to avoid lying on your stomach for 4 to 6 weeks following the surgery. Sleeping this way ensures that your breast tissue heals in the optimal shape, and your end results are exactly as intended.
Butt Lift or Augmentation
After a butt lift or augmentation, avoid pressure to the area for 6 to 8 weeks as your cells regain blood supply. This cosmetic procedure has the largest sleeping adjustment, as you must sleep on your stomach until the tissue is fully healed. Side sleeping is an option in special cases, but every precaution must be made to ensure you don’t roll over. Until you develop this sleeping habit, try sleeping with pillows surrounding you to keep you in place.
Facelift, Brow Lift, or Rhinoplasty
After a facelift, it makes sense to sleep on your back. However, you must also sleep with your head elevated for 2 to 4 weeks following the surgery. This position prevents facial strain, swelling, and general discomfort. Prop your head up with a stack of pillows and place extra pillows at the sides of your face. These pillows will act as barriers if your head rolls over in your sleep. Additionally, there are special facelift pillows you can purchase to prevent rolling.
Sleep Comfortably with Pearl Recovery Retreat and Wellness
Always speak with your surgeon about the best sleeping positions for your specific recovery process. As you prepare for your procedure, practice these sleeping habits ahead of time! Remember that everyone has different preferences. You might need to make small adjustments to determine what sleeping arrangement works best for you.