How to Sleep During Liposuction Recovery

After liposuction, your body needs extra rest. Sleep helps your body to heal, so you can quickly return to work and life after cosmetic surgery.

But right after surgery, right when you need sleep the most, it can be difficult to rest comfortably. Incisions and tenderness from surgery can make getting a good night’s sleep challenging.

Get your best sleep after liposuction surgery with tips from Dr. Meredith Vandegrift. These sleep tips aren’t just helpful after liposuction. They are useful after many cosmetic procedures, including tummy tuck or breast augmentation.

Proactively Manage Your Comfort

Liposuction doesn’t have to be painful. Pain medications are an important part of the healing process after surgery. By managing discomfort, you can rest easier and heal better.

Dr. Vandegrift will explain your options for pain management after surgery. Pain medications, including over the counter and prescription medications, are essential for comfortable rest. Take your medications on a schedule to stay ahead of any discomfort.

Sleep in Your Recliner if You Have One

A recliner is the perfect sleeping space after surgery. If you have a recliner, make it your temporary bed for the first few days. Patients find that a recliner holds the body in a comfortable position and prevents rolling around that can strain incisions.

Getting up and out of the bed is often challenging after liposuction. When you sleep in a recliner, it is easier to get up and down.

If you don’t have a recliner, you don’t need to buy one for a successful recovery. There are ways to turn your bed into a comfortable post-surgery sleep space. However, if you do have a recliner, make sure you put it to use.

Stock Up on Pillows

If you’re having liposuction, you’re going to need more pillows. Stock up on pillows of various shapes and sizes before your procedure.

Wedge and U-shaped pillows are especially helpful after surgery. These specially shaped pillows make it easier to position your body comfortably.

Wear Your Compression Garments as Instructed

Dr. Vandegrift will dress you in compression garments after liposuction. These garments apply pressure to the treated areas to reduce swelling and help the skin contract.

Initially, you’ll wear your compression garments 24 hours a day, even when you’re sleeping. Wearing your compression garments as instructed will help you to heal faster and more comfortably.

Catch Plenty of Zzzs

You’re going to need more sleep after surgery. After liposuction, your body needs extra rest to heal. Make sure you’re getting at least 8 hours of sleep, more if you’re feeling tired. Use your recovery period after liposuction to rest, recover, and heal.

Move Around

You need more sleep after surgery, but you can overdo it. Make sure you’re moving around during the day. Gentle walking can keep your blood flowing and help you to avoid blood clots and other post-surgery complications. Dr. Vandegrift recommends gentle walking as soon as you’re able.

As a bonus, moving around during the day helps your body to rest better at night.

Ready for Liposuction with Dr. Vandegrift? Call Us to Schedule Your Consultation

Learn more about liposuction in Long Island at a consultation with Dr. Vandegrift. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, she can help you explore your options for body contouring and shaping. Contact us by calling (631) 935-0303 to schedule your consultation.