How Long Do I Need to Sleep Elevated After a Tummy Tuck?

Recovering from tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, takes rest and relaxation.

Plenty of sleep is one of the best things you can do to get your body back to firing on all cylinders. Sleeping is an essential human function and something that many people don’t get enough of. Fortunately, recovering from a tummy tuck is the perfect time to catch up on some much-needed Z’s.

Here, the expert team of plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg tell you just how you should sleep while recovering from abdominoplasty and how long you should maintain these positions while allowing your body to heal.

Benefits of Sleep

Research has shown time and again that sleep is vital for both mind and body. Most people need at least eight hours a night, with highly active people sometimes needing nine to ten hours to recharge properly. Getting too few hours of sleep a night will inhibit brain function, reduce memory capacity, and suppress the immune system’s ability to fight off infection.

Conversely, a well-rested individual will experience higher-functioning memory and a faster recovery rate from invasive procedures such as tummy tucks, due to the body’s immune system functioning at full capacity.

So, as you recover from abdominoplasty, don’t be afraid to snooze that alarm clock. In fact, don’t even set it. Just sleep.

But, be sure to sleep in the correct position.

Tucked Tummy Sleeping Posture

While recovering from abdominoplasty, your body needs to seal the incisions made by your surgeon. The best way to do this is to ensure you place no pressure or strain on the sutures, which means keeping your abdomen tucked in and relaxed.

While you sleep, elevate your head, neck, and knees. Use plenty of quality pillows, so that you curl similar to a hedgehog sleeping on it’s back. This position will protect your sutures and incisions and encourage rapid healing. Most find that sleeping in a recliner is the easiest way to stay in this position.

I Like Sleeping on by Belly – How Long Will I Have to Sleep Like This?

Patients recovering from tummy tuck surgery will need to sleep in this protective slight-curl for four to six weeks following surgery. This might be longer if patients have opted for joint operations, such as mommy makeovers or breast lifts, but generally, six weeks is a good benchmark healing time. This gives the body time to properly heal incisions without hindrance needing to revise any of the sutures. Many patients also choose to “practice” sleeping like this leading up to surgery, so that they are accustomed to these new sleeping positions.

Make Yourself Comfortable

As you recover from your tummy tuck, take the time to pamper yourself. Arrange your living room with plenty of pillows and bean bags to facilitate comfortable sitting and lying. Prepare plenty of movies, tv-series, and books to read. Also, be sure to fill the fridge with pre-made meals and healthy snacks to graze on throughout the day, which will provide your body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs to recover quickly.

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If you have any more questions about recovering from a tummy tuck, or any other procedure, please reach out to us at 540 371 7730 or fill out our online consultation form to book your visit with us today.