How to Sleep After Cosmetic Surgery
February 17, 2023
One of the most important things you need after cosmetic surgery is a lot of rest and high quality sleep. Your body just went through an enormous transformation and rest and sleep are what will ultimately allow you to recuperate.
But sleep after cosmetic surgery can be a bit of a challenge depending on your regular sleep position habits and which surgery you have undergone. You might be someone who loves sleeping on their stomach, but if you’ve had a tummy tuck or any type of breast procedure, that’s something you’ll have to avoid for a little while.
Same goes for those who are back sleepers: if you’ve had a Brazilian Butt Lift, then sleeping on your back won’t be an option for a couple of weeks.
Here are some tips on how to sleep after cosmetic surgery.
Sleeping Following a Breast Procedure
Whether you’ve had a breast augmentation, a breast lift, a breast reduction, or ANY breast procedure, you will need to avoid sleeping on your stomach for one month following your surgery. This can feel like a long time if you’re typically used to sleeping on your stomach, but it’s super important for your recovery and for optimal results.
The night after your surgery you’ll need to sleep on your back but elevated, and then moving forward you’ll be able to choose whether you sleep elevated or flat. You’ll need to sleep uniquely on your back for a week following surgery, and then after the first week, you can start sleeping on your side if you find that more comfortable.
Can I Sleep on My Stomach After a Tummy Tuck?
The short answer is NO.
The tummy tuck is an extensive surgery and probably one of the most uncomfortable in terms of recovery and also sleeping, especially if you like sleeping on your stomach. If you’re already a back sleeper then you’ll probably find sleeping a little easier.
That being said, for both back and stomach sleepers, the first week following surgery might feel like a bit of a challenge as you’ll have to sleep in a “V” shape—back up and legs elevated, like a recliner.
You’ll be able to start sleeping normally on your back and side after the first week, but absolutely no stomach sleeping for six weeks.
What Does Sleeping Look Like After a BBL?
If you’re planning to get a Brazilian butt lift then you can probably guess that sleeping on your back will be a no no right after surgery. You’ll generally have to avoid putting any pressure on your bum for at least two weeks after surgery.
When it comes to sleeping positions, you’ll have to sleep on your stomach for two weeks after which you’ll be okay to go to sleep either on your side or back again.
How Do I Sleep After a Face Procedure?
You might not immediately think that a face procedure such as a facelift or rhinoplasty will affect your sleeping position after surgery, but how you sleep after these procedures, is also super important.
Whether you’ve had a facelift or rhinoplasty, you’ll need to sleep elevated on your back for one week. After a week you’ll be able to sleep on your side, but you’ll want to be careful that you don’t “smoosh” or put pressure on the area of surgery.
We’re Here for You
Keep in mind that we’ll always give you super detailed post-op recovery guidelines for your particular surgery, so you don’t need to worry about remembering every single detail, and if you’re not sure or you forget, just give us a call and don’t be afraid to ask. We’re available 24/7 for any questions or concerns that you have following your surgery. We’re here to help!