Should you be experiencing sagging or drooping of your breasts, a breast lift can be an extremely effective treatment. A lift can firm up the breasts and help to restore their perkiness.
Understanding how to sleep comfortably after your lift procedure is crucial, and this article will help to give you a clearer picture of the best postoperative sleep techniques.
The CREO Clinic’s board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Omar Tillo, has performed countless successful breast lift surgeries over his distinguished career and always works diligently to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Importance of Sleep After a Breast Lift
Sleep plays a key role in the everyday functioning of our bodies. Not only does sleep re-energise us, but it will also be vital for optimal recovery after your breast lift. When our body is at rest, it can repair itself. Regular, consistent sleep provides your body with the conditions it needs to help your incisions heal as quickly as possible.
Tips for Sleeping After a Breast Lift
It is common to feel especially sleepy during the first week of your breast lift recovery because your body is working extra hard to heal itself. Don’t be afraid to sleep whenever you feel the need, but ensure you adopt the right position. Here are a few tips to keep you comfortable:
Sleep On Your Back
To protect your incisions while they are still tender, ideally, you should sleep on your back during the full six weeks of your recovery. After this, you may return to any sleeping position you feel comfortable with.
Elevate Your Head
Most women find that sleeping on your back with your head raised is the most comfortable position to get a good night’s sleep after your breast lift. Try propping yourself up with a pillow to achieve the elevation needed to keep your head raised.
Practice Sleeping On Your Back Before Surgery
If you are not normally a back sleeper, make sure to start adapting to a back sleeping position in the run-up to your procedure. This transition onto your back before your surgery will help it feel more natural during your downtime.
Don’t Eat Before Going to Bed
Eating before bed can lead to gastric reflux, which is when stomach acid leaks into the esophagus. This may disturb your sleep. Eating earlier to give your stomach time to digest your meal before bed is better.
Safeguard Against Any Rolling While Asleep
Protecting your incisions is paramount, particularly in the initial stages of your recovery. To safeguard against rolling onto them during sleep, ensure you are tightly tucked in below your duvet or place pillows on either side of you to reduce movement.
Why You Can’t Sleep On Your Stomach After a Breast Lift
The most important reason you can’t sleep on your stomach after your breast lift is because this will create unwanted contact with your incisions, and possibly pull at the skin around them. This can be highly detrimental to the healthy formation of your breast lift scars and may lead to wound breakdown.
When Can You Sleep On Your Stomach After a Breast Lift?
It is best to wait until you have fully recovered after your surgery to begin sleeping on your stomach. In general, downtime after a breast lift should last around six weeks, at which point you can return to your daily routine without issue.
When Can You Sleep Without a Bra After a Breast Lift?
A compression bra will be necessary for the full six weeks of your recovery – in the daytime and during sleep. After your recovery, you can begin to sleep without a bra.
Is a Breast Lift Worth It?
A breast lift has many notable benefits, but principally works to drastically reduce sagging and transform the shape of your breasts, offering a rounder, more aesthetically pleasing look. For many women, these transformative effects make it a worthwhile and satisfying endeavour.
Schedule a Consultation With CREO Clinic Today
If you are considering a breast lift and would like to know more, book a consultation with Dr. Omar Tillo, the CREO Clinic’s skilled and highly respected body contouring surgeon.
Dr. Tillo will use his extensive expertise in breast lift surgery to assess your needs during your consultation, then he will create a bespoke treatment plan designed to achieve your individual body goals.