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sleeping after tummy tuck surgery

Recovery after tummy tuck surgery is critical for achieving the best results and a smooth healing process. It’s important to follow post-operative instructions, follow a healthy diet, stay hydrated, and reduce tension on the incision line. As your body heals from abdominal surgery, you should prioritize sleep and rest. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Solomon Azouz has performed many tummy tuck surgeries in Dallas and provides professional guidance for the best results.

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What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure where excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen. This procedure is often combined with liposuction and can address conditions such as diastasis recti, hernias, and lipedema. Tummy tuck incisions typically run horizontally between the hip bones, just above the pubic area. Dr. Azouz strategically places incisions so that swimwear or underwear can easily cover them up.

The Best Sleeping Position After a Tummy Tuck

Sleeping well after a tummy tuck is critical for optimal healing and recovery. Restful sleep boosts the immune system, encourages tissue regeneration, and decreases swelling. Maintaining an elevated sleeping posture can also help to alleviate pain and decrease strain on the incisional lines. Prioritizing restful sleep can lead to faster recovery and improved overall results.
sleeping after abdominoplasty

  1. Sleep with your back elevated
    After a tummy tuck, resting on your back with your upper body slightly raised is the best sleeping posture. This position lessens the tension on your incisions and helps to reduce swelling. This can be accomplished by making your bed more reclined or by utilizing a wedge pillow.
  2. Use Pillows
    Using pillows to support your body can improve stability and comfort. Place pillows under your legs to hold a bend in your knees. This also helps to decrease staining on your abdomen. Side pillows can also help keep you from rolling over during the night.
  3. Refrain from sleeping on your abdomen
    Sleeping on your tummy is strongly discouraged. This posture puts too much strain on your sutures while they heal, which may cause complications and delay recovery. It is best to only sleep on your back or side with the proper support.

Benefits of Resting Well After an Abdominoplasty

Maintaining a correct sleeping position following a tummy tuck significantly enhances recovery. Aim for getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night to allow your body to rest and recover. Elevating the upper torso and legs helps to reduce swelling and discomfort by relieving pressure on the incision lines. This position also allows for easier breathing as the abdominal muscles are tightened. It also helps to minimize fluid collection and promote healthy blood circulation, resulting in faster and more effective recovery. Most patients can resume their normal sleeping position 4-6 weeks after surgery. During your follow-up appointments, Dr. Azouz will monitor your progress and gradually allow you to return to regular activities. It is important to follow these guidelines to achieve the best results after a tummy tuck surgery.

Tummy Tuck Surgery in Dallas

Sleep and rest following a tummy tuck are important to help you reduce discomfort and encourage the best possible recovery. If you are interested in abdominoplasty or have questions about recovery, contact us online or call us at (972) 702-8888. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Solomon Azouz can provide more specific guidance to help you meet your goals.

Written by Surbhi Joshi and Rhiya Patel on behalf of Azouz Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

Posted on behalf of Azouz Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

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