A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure in which the excess skin and fat are removed, and the abdominal wall is reconstructed to tighten and firm the area. The tummy tuck is one of the most common cosmetic procedures, offering a dramatic and visible change to the body that provides you with more self-confidence. However, there is a period of recovery in which you must take great care not to sleep on your stomach. One of the questions patients often ask is, ‘When can I sleep on my stomach again?”
Recovering from Your Tummy Tuck
Because an abdominoplasty is a major surgery, the recovery time requires patience. You will find the best success with your surgery by following your doctor’s instructions as closely as possible. It will be important to take care with how you stand, sit, and sleep. You will not be able to lift anything, vacuum, or do other basic activities for the first two to four weeks. The majority of our patients agree that the effort during recovery is worth the results.
Sleeping Safely After Your Tummy Tuck
One of the most important factors in your recovery is the ability to sleep. Sleeping helps your body have the energy you need to recovery quickly. Sleeping safely after your tummy tuck means no sleeping on your stomach at all. While you can sleep in a bed with the proper support – pillows to elevate you and prevent you from rolling, the optimum choice is to sleep in a recliner. Not only will the recliner support you and prevent you from rolling and pulling out sutures, but you will likely get better sleep and accelerate your recovery. You’ll need to refrain from sleeping on your stomach for the first three to four weeks.
With years of training and experience performing tummy tucks, our surgeons have the expertise required to provide you with the beautiful results you want. To learn more about getting a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) in Salt Lake City and how it can help to improve your appearance, you can request a consultation online or call our office at (801) 937-9650. We are eager to meet you and help you on your aesthetic journey.