Breast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgeries. There is a ton of information about the benefits and the recovery process of this surgery. However, we still get questions from patients about sleeping comfortably after this procedure. At Buckhead Plastic Surgery, we want you to feel your best at each step of the recovery process, so we’re here today to answer your questions and give you some tips about getting the rest you need as you recover.
How does sleep affect recovery after surgery?
Sleep is the most effective tool the body has to replenish energy. When your body is recovering from surgery, sickness, or injury, a significant amount of your daily energy is devoted to healing. Poor sleep can lead to a longer recovery timeline and greater pain levels. Unfortunately, sleep can be elusive, especially in the first few days following a breast augmentation surgery.
If you’re finding it difficult to sleep comfortably or for long periods in the first few days following surgery, that is normal and isn’t necessarily a predictor of your entire recovery process. However, after major surgery, it’s common to experience fatigue, and you might notice you’re more emotional than usual.
What is recovery like after breast augmentation?
Most breast augmentation surgeries are inpatient procedures, meaning you’ll stay at least one night at the hospital. We want you to devote all your energy to healing, so we prioritize managing your pain and medical needs immediately following surgery. After you return home, you’ll need help at home. The first week you’ll experience swelling, bruising, and pain. Soreness is part of recovery and will pass quicker if you closely follow your post-surgical instructions about lifestyle modifications.
Why is sleep so important after breast augmentation?
Like many surgeries, sleep is vital in the recovery process. Although most of us think of sleep as a time to shut down, our bodies work hard during those hours. In addition, the body uses the time where our active mind is at rest to attend to other areas of the body that require attention and healing. After breast augmentation, this is especially important for incision sites.
During our sleep, the brain triggers certain hormones vital to surgical recovery that aid in things like tissue repair and growth as well as repairing blood vessels. This restoration process of sore and damaged muscles helps your body heal after breast enhancement. In addition, sleep can help boost your immunity and reduce your chance of infections.
Sleep is also a time when our breathing slows down. When this happens, our body can relax sore muscles. Which can help reduce swelling and expedite your recovery after surgery.