When Can I Sleep On My Back After Bbl
How long can you sit in the same position after your buttocks lift? What about sleeping on your stomach? Is it OK to sleep on your back after your buttock lift? These are questions that many people ask when they’re considering having a buttock lift. The good news is there’s no hard and fast rule for these things. It depends upon each person’s individual situation. For example, if you have had previous lower abdominal incisions then you might want to wait until those scars heal before allowing yourself to lay down flat on your back. If you have not had any prior surgeries, however, then you may be able to sleep flat on your back as soon as possible.
There are some general guidelines that we give our patients when discussing this topic. We advise against sleeping flat on your back immediately following your procedure because of the risk of blood clots. Also, the patient should avoid extended periods of standing or walking without support. And finally, most importantly, the patient should refrain from placing any weight directly onto his or her “new” behind (i.e., the area where the implant will be placed). This applies especially so if the implant is inserted through an incision in the buttock itself.
We do recommend that the patient lie down flat on his or her back for at least 2-4 hours postoperatively. However, with proper care, the patient can sleep on his or her side or stomach. The only thing that really matters is that the patient remain comfortable while sleeping. So long as the patient doesn’t experience pain during the night, he or she can take comfort in the fact that all is well.
With that said, let’s go over the risks associated with sleeping flat on your back versus other positions. First off, the main concern is blood clot formation. Blood clots can form anywhere in the body – even within the veins. When a vein becomes blocked by a blood clot, oxygen levels decrease dramatically which causes tissue death. In order to prevent such occurrences, doctors must make sure that all surgical wounds are kept clean and dry throughout recovery.
Sleeping flat on your back places added stress on the legs due to gravity. This additional strain can cause leg swelling and varicose veins. Therefore, if you are prone to developing varicose veins, you need to address them prior to having your buttock lift. You also need to monitor your blood circulation closely postoperatively since certain positions can increase the rate of blood flow. In addition, sleeping flat on your back can increase the chance of getting bedsores (i.e., sores caused by prolonged immobility) because it prevents the patient from elevating his or her head toward the heart. Lastly, if you have been experiencing constipation, this position can further aggravate bowel movements.
So how does one sleep comfortably on their stomach? One way would be to use pillows to prop up their hips and knees. Another way is to place a small pillow between the thighs. Sleeping in this manner allows for better blood circulation. However, if you suffer from hemorrhoids, you should consult with your doctor first before trying this method.
Now here’s something interesting – my husband sleeps flat on his back. He has no problems whatsoever with blood clots or varicose veins. Furthermore, he never complains of being uncomfortable while sleeping flat on his back. So what gives? Well, it seems that both men and women differ greatly in terms of their ability to tolerate different sleeping positions. Some folks just feel more comfortable sleeping in certain positions than others.
Another consideration is whether the patient intends to engage in sexual activity. If the answer is yes, then lying flat on the back may pose a problem. Here again, speaking with your physician beforehand could help save you time and trouble. Most physicians recommend allowing at least 24 hours to pass between the completion of the buttock lift and engaging in sexual intercourse. Of course, if you have already had sex, then there shouldn’t be much problem.
I hope that now you understand why you cannot simply choose a sleeping position based solely upon the recommendations set forth by your plastic surgeon. Your personal preference, comfort level, medical history, and overall health come into play. And remember, every patient is unique and reacts differently to various circumstances. Therefore, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any lingering concerns about sleeping positions. Our office staff is happy to offer suggestions and guidance. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call!
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