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How Should I Sleep Following a Tummy Tuck Procedure?

Tummy tucks aim to make drastic transformations to your abdomen. By removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck sculpts a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more in proportion to your body and weight. While it’s great to remain focused on the results, the tummy tuck recovery process is crucial and often misunderstood and overlooked.

While each patient experiences a different recovery journey, Dr. Gabrielle B. Davis works with you to create a unique procedural and recovery plan that suits your needs.

Elevated Sleeping

Sleep is a critical component of your recovery, especially in the first few days and weeks following your abdominoplasty in Los Angeles.

During recovery, sleeping or lying flat on your back can stretch out your abdomen and place pressure on your incisions, increasing your risk of complications. As such, the position you sleep in following your tummy tuck is fundamental to your healthy recovery. After your tummy tuck, sleeping in an elevated and slightly bent position is key to increasing your comfort and ensuring optimal results. Elevated sleeping is essential in ensuring a safe and healthy recovery from your tummy tuck in Beverly Hills.

An easy way to achieve this position is to sleep in a recliner. Recliners provide a comfortable and ideal post-abdominoplasty sleep environment that helps minimize the possibility that you will roll over in your sleep. However, recliners are not the only option for this sleeping position.

Another option for creating the proper post-tummy tuck sleeping position is to create a raised area for your head and torso by carefully placing multiple pillows at the head of your bed or using a foam wedge pillow. This position helps you maintain a slight bend all night.

As it is simple and affordable, most patients choose this option. However, keep in mind that sleeping with stacked pillows offers a greater chance that you may shift into a position that puts your incisions at risk.

Practice Sleeping

If you are a side or stomach sleeper, sleeping on your back might feel uncomfortable at first. Consider trying this new sleeping position for a few weeks before your tummy tuck to become accustomed to it so that you get the quality sleep you need. The better rested you are, the faster your body will recover.

When Can I Lie Flat?

One factor determining how long you’ll need to sleep in an elevated position is the type of abdominoplasty you receive. Generally, mini tummy tuck patients require 1-3 weeks of elevated sleeping, while full-tummy tuck patients require 4-6 weeks.

During your follow-up appointments with Dr. Davis, she will help you determine when you can sleep normally.

Choosing Dr. Gabrielle B. Davis as Your Beverly Hills Tummy Tuck Doctor

For Dr. Gabrielle B. Davis, patient commitment means compassion and quality care throughout your plastic surgery journey. With her extensive training and unsurpassed education, this dedication to outstanding patient care and results makes Dr. Davis one of your best choices for tummy tucks in Beverly Hills. Get ready to partner with Beverly Hill’s leading female plastic surgeon! Contact us today or call (310) 614-5898 to learn more!