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How to sleep after Breast augmentation

How to sleep after Breast augmentation

After undergoing breast surgery, such as breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift or breast reconstruction, it is generally recommended to move around quickly and increase activity. However, when you are resting, the way you position yourself can promote better healing. Dr. Xavier Tenorio, an internationally renowned plastic surgeon based in Geneva, gives you some valuable advice on this subject.


Sleeping on your back after a breast augmentation


Especially in the first few weeks after surgery, sleeping on your back, usually wearing a surgical bra, allows the breasts to heal in a more comfortable and desirable position. Sleeping on your stomach or side can put pressure on the breasts, including the implants, and can cause unwanted early displacement of your implants. If you are used to sleeping on your stomach or side, Dr. Xavier Tenorio of Geneva suggests that you practice sleeping on your back in the weeks leading up to surgery.

In general, patients can safely return to their preferred sleeping style four to six weeks after surgery. Some women may find that their sleep preferences have changed after breast surgery. For example, some women with breast implants may find it more comfortable to sleep on their side rather than on their stomach.
Use multiple pillows to elevate your head

Placing your head slightly above your body while you sleep serves several functions simultaneously. Firstly, if two or three pillows support your neck, it will be more difficult for you to lie on your side or stomach during the night, even unconsciously. Secondly, this elevated position can be more comfortable as it reduces swelling.

Take steps to promote better sleep


Your body does much of its healing while you sleep. So it's important to make getting a good night's sleep a priority. To ensure you fall asleep more easily, avoid caffeinated foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, sodas and chocolate, the night before you sleep. Set the thermostat to a temperature at which you are most comfortable and use cool sheets. Don't look at your phone or television in the hour before bedtime, as the blue light from these devices can interfere with sleep.

Consult Dr Xavier Tenorio


Dr. Xavier Tenorio considers it a privilege to be involved in your care, which includes suggestions before and after surgery to potentially optimize healing.

To schedule a consultation for Breast augmentation with Dr. Xavier Tenorio, a plastic surgeon in Geneva, Switzerland, please call +41 22 732 22 23 ou +41 79 931 20 66