What Is The Best Way To Sleep After Breast Lift Surgery?
Before you can begin to enjoy and show off your newly enhanced body after breast lift surgery, you’ll need to heal and recuperate. While no one loves the idea of downtime after surgery, proper aftercare techniques can help make your breast lift recovery as comfortable and convenient as possible. An important part of breast lift recovery that is often overlooked is adjusting your sleeping position. Use this helpful information from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao and the expert team at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery to learn more about the most appropriate sleeping positions after breast lift surgery in Tucson, AZ and how long you can expect your recovery to take.
What does a breast lift do?
To better understand why you may need to alter your sleep position after breast lift surgery, it is important to know how the surgery works, including what it is used for. Breast lift, formally known as mastopexy, is an exciting body contouring procedure designed to enhance the shape, position, and overall appearance of the breasts. Unlike breast augmentation, which typically involves the use of synthetic breast implants to achieve a larger breast size, a breast lift does not significantly alter breast volume. Instead, breast lift surgery utilizes skin removal and other techniques to raise the breasts to a more appealing position on the chest for a perkier and more youthful look. In many cases, patients combine breast augmentation with breast lift to restore lost breast volume and correct sagging breasts after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or aging.
How does breast lift surgery work?
During a breast lift in Tucson, AZ, which is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia and typically takes about 2 – 3 hours to complete, Dr. Rao will make a strategic incision on the breast, allowing him to remove sagging, excess skin that causes the breast to droop. By tightening the remaining skin and closing the incision, the breast tissue will be lifted to a higher position. The nipple-areola complex will also be moved to a more appropriate point on the breast for a natural and gorgeous new look.
How should I be sleeping after breast lift?
Almost immediately following breast lift surgery, most patients find that sleeping on their back with their upper body and head elevated is the most comfortable position. Not only is back-sleeping more comfortable, but it can also help reduce swelling and minimize the risk of postsurgical complications, such as pulling out stitches. Some women prefer to sleep even more upright – in a chair or recliner – for the first several days after breast surgery. For patients who typically prefer side-sleeping, this position may be possible with proper support, though back-sleeping is generally encouraged. If you usually sleep on your stomach, the thought of back-sleeping for several weeks can seem daunting, but try not to worry; the majority of patients agree that back-sleeping after breast lift surgery comes fairly naturally. If you are worried about accidentally shifting during the night, try placing rolled-up towels or additional pillows around your sides for added support and reassurance.
When can I sleep on my stomach after breast lift?
In most cases, patients continue sleeping on their back for at least 2 – 4 weeks after breast lift surgery to minimize discomfort. Some patients are able to resume side-sleeping comfortably after 1 – 2 weeks, though stomach-sleeping may remain uncomfortable or painful for much longer. During your follow-up appointments, Dr. Rao will evaluate your healing progress and make recommendations about when you can safely resume your preferred sleeping position.
When can I sleep without a bra after breast lift surgery?
It is critical that patients wear their supportive unwired medical bra at all times for the first 1 – 2 weeks after breast lift surgery. At this point, you may be able to sleep without a bra, though most patients find it more comfortable to continue wearing an unwired bra around the clock for several more weeks. Oftentimes, particularly after a combination of breast augmentation plus breast lift, patients are required to wear a compressive bra for up to six weeks or longer in order to minimize swelling and provide added comfort and support. During your preoperative consultation and postoperative follow-up visits, Dr. Rao will help you better understand what to expect during breast lift recovery, including when you may be able to go without a bra.
Who is a candidate for breast lift surgery?
Ideal patients for breast lift surgery should be:
- In good overall health
- At a stable, healthy weight
- Have concerns about droopy breasts or excess breast skin
- Wish to enhance the position of their breasts
- Have realistic expectations for their results, including scarring
- Done having children
Get the perky, youthful breasts you want with breast lift surgery in Tucson, AZ
Whether you are hoping to reverse the effects of aging or fix saggy breasts after pregnancy, a breast lift may be right for you. To learn more about the exciting benefits of breast lift surgery and what to expect during breast lift recovery, call the knowledgeable team at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, AZ to schedule your private consultation with award-winning board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao today!