Getting plenty of rest after any surgery is important to help your body recuperate and get back to full strength. That may include afternoon naps, but it also means getting a restful night’s sleep without interruption. Trying to avoid sleeping on the sides and stomach can be challenging in the days and weeks after getting breast implants. Synergy Plastic Surgery has compiled a few helpful tips for a restful night’s sleep:
Why Is Sleep Important?
Recovery takes a lot of energy and sleep not only recharges your batteries but also helps the body repair itself! When you’re sleeping, the brain triggers the release of hormones that encourage the growth of tissue to repair blood vessels. This helps wounds heal faster and restores sore or damaged muscles. Sleep also helps reduce inflammation.
How to Sleep After Getting Breast Implants
Patients often have a difficult time getting comfortable enough to sleep soundly in the first few days after breast augmentation or reconstruction with implants. Here are some tried and true suggestions that have helped our patients sleep:
Getting used to sleeping on your back before surgery
If you’re used to sleeping on your side or stomach, that’s going to need to change while you recover after breast augmentation. Instead of waiting until after your surgery to adjust, start sleeping on your back for a few weeks before the operation.
Move around during the day
This may sound counter-intuitive because it’s also important to get plenty of rest after elective surgery. But taking short walks around the house—not a power walk—helps boost circulation and helps you feel tired at bedtime. Start the day you return home and gradually increase the time you spend walking.
Focus thoughts on the present
It’s easy to get more and more anxious as you try to get to sleep. Stress at bedtime is something that many people experience. Focusing your thoughts on the present can help diminish stressful thoughts and make falling asleep easier.
Alter habits that hinder sleep
Certain habits inhibit sleep. If you’re used to an afternoon or evening cup of coffee, try decaf for a couple of weeks. Scrolling through your smartphone after slipping under the covers can also make it harder to fall asleep.
Using pillows to prevent rolling onto your stomach
Some patients find it impossible to sleep on their back and they don’t get a good night’s sleep in a recliner. If that’s the case for you, prop up extra pillows on either side of you to avoid rolling on your stomach. The key is to avoid having the implants move during the recovery.
When you recall the beautiful results seen in your before-and-after photos, the inconvenience of adjusting your sleep habits for a couple of weeks will seem well worth it!
Women in Austin, Texas, considering breast augmentation choose Synergy Plastic Surgery because our board-certified plastic surgeons create full, feminine, natural-looking results. Their combined training and experience place them among the best plastic surgeons in Central Texas and have made Synergy the top Allergan breast augmentation provider in the region. Schedule your complimentary consultation and bring your goals to life with award-winning expertise and integrity you can trust, unlock your Synergy Experience today!