Is it Safe to Lay on my Breasts After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

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Many women undergo breast augmentation to enhance their figure and boost their self-confidence. While recovery is manageable, some wonder if it is safe to lay on their breasts following the procedure. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgical specialist Dr. Omar Ahmed advises against laying directly on the breasts for several weeks, so implants have time to heal and settle into place.

There are ways to ease discomfort and speed up the healing process after breast surgery in Pasadena, CA. Call Omar Ahmed, M.D., and learn more about our postoperative care.

What is breast augmentation recovery like?

Breast augmentation is an outpatient surgery, and most women go home on the same day. Patients are given a compression garment to assist with side effects, like swelling and inflammation. Dr. Ahmed will review the proper care and wearing of the compression garment before your procedure.

Swelling begins to dissipate several days after breast augmentation, and this is when breast implants start to look and feel more normal. Most women resume everyday activities within several days, but we advise against strenuous exercise for a few months. It is important to avoid any movements or positions that may put unnecessary pressure on the surgical site as it heals.

How do you sleep after breast augmentation?

Many women like to sleep on their breasts or stomachs. However, this position places excess pressure and strain on the implants and delays natural healing. Instead, we recommend sleeping on your back with your head and neck slightly elevated. This position reduces swelling and prevents the implants from moving or shifting out of place.

When can I lay on my breasts again?

Omar Ahmed, M.D. schedules follow-up appointments in Pasadena, CA to monitor your breast augmentation recovery and address any concerns. Once Dr. Ahmed determines that the implants have settled into place and are no longer at risk of shifting, we can clear you to lay on your breasts and stomach again. This is typically around six weeks after surgery but could be sooner for some patients.

How can I sleep more comfortably?

We understand that sleeping on your back is not always ideal or comfortable. Dr. Ahmed can provide guidance and suggestions on how to sleep better while recovering from breast surgery. Try out the following tips at home:

  • Sleep in an elevated position: Prop pillows under your head, neck, and shoulders to elevate your upper body. Many of our patients also sleep in recliner chairs.

  • Use a body pillow: A body pillow supports your back and prevents you from rolling onto your stomach in your sleep. Try placing the pillow behind your back or on either side of your body.

  • Give yourself space: If you share a bed with a partner or a pet, consider sleeping separately for several nights after breast surgery to give yourself more room to sleep.

  • Take medications as directed: Taking pain medication before bed can help you sleep more soundly. Dr. Ahmed will review your medication options and dosages during a consultation.

Learn more about breast augmentation recovery

Sleeping on your back may be uncomfortable, but it is the best possible position for breast augmentation recovery. For more tips on how to sleep after cosmetic surgery, contact Omar Ahmed, M.D., for an assessment. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgical specialist Dr. Omar Ahmed is happy to provide guidance and support throughout your journey in Pasadena, CA.

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