Tips For Sleeping After a Mommy Makeover

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A mommy makeover is a combination of skin-tightening and fat-reduction procedures to help women experiencing physical changes, such as loose abdominal muscles, sagging breasts, and stubborn fat in certain areas of the body. It can consist of a combination of liposuction, a tummy tuck, and breast augmentation, helping women look slimmer, more fit-looking, and even younger. So, why does it matter how you sleep after tummy tuck surgery and other mommy makeover procedures? Sleeping or resting in the wrong position may slow down the healing process and quality of the recovery. Read on to learn more from experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion and the team at Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX on how to sleep after mommy makeover surgery for a smoother recovery.

Are you considering a mommy makeover in Houston, TX?

There are several reasons women choose to enhance their breasts, tighten up their midsection, or reduce unwanted fat pockets. When it comes to a woman considering mommy makeover surgery, a common question often asked is, "How long is the recovery?" Mommy makeover recovery week by week varies by the procedures chosen during the consultation process. Dr. Couvillion will help each patient get ready by listening to their cosmetic goals and understanding their medical history before making any surgical recommendations. When a healthy lifestyle and frequent exercise hasn't worked, a combination of cosmetic procedures may be chosen to achieve a woman's desired goals to boost her self-confidence.

Mommy makeover recovery timeline

The recovery time associated with a mommy makeover is dependent on the number and type of surgeries performed. This cosmetic surgery's multifaceted approach can make the recovery timeline fluctuate depending on the combination of procedures performed and the level of care with following post-operative instructions at home. It is recommended that patients follow their plastic surgeon's recovery guidelines and listen to their bodies to avoid unnecessary complications. Plan to take 1 – 2 weeks off your regular schedule and get help from family and friends. Pre-plan healthy meals and get plenty of rest. One of the most comfortable environments after mommy makeover surgery is at home. If you plan to undergo this cosmetic surgery, read on to learn how to sleep correctly to help with the healing process.

Helpful tips on how to sleep after mommy makeover surgery

When it comes to mommy makeover recovery, many patients are concerned about how their sleep schedule may be interrupted. Losing sleep throughout the night can be both unhealthy and uncomfortable, so it is vital to ensure a good night's sleep after surgery. However, resting or sleeping in the wrong position may slow the recovery process' rate and quality. For instance, lying flat on your back is restricted for sleep after tummy tuck surgery, as it can stretch the abdominal area, placing pressure on surgical incisions. Sleeping on your stomach is prohibited after breast augmentation surgery until fully healed. So, what is the best way to sleep after tummy tuck or breast augmentation surgery?

  • Sleep in a recliner or at a reclined angle in bed with pillows for the first few weeks
  • Use pillows to maintain a "bent" sleep position when able to sleep on your side
  • Wear compression garments overnight to help reduce swelling and ease tension on incisions
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sugar before bedtime
  • Short walks throughout the day can help regulate sleep schedules and improve circulation


Deflated breasts, loose abdominal skin, and pockets of unwanted fat are some of the issues a mommy makeover can tackle. Getting plenty of rest is imperative for the healing process, and taking the necessary steps to be ready only helps have a smoother recovery. At Luminary Plastic Surgery, experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Couvillion helps women achieve the silhouette they desire after having children or merely struggling with the natural aging process. Not all women opt for or need the same procedures, so every patient's recovery will vary. After creating a surgical plan for each patient, Dr. Couvillion will communicate any post-surgical needs, including tips for recovering at home and how to sleep appropriately after mommy makeover surgery.

If you would like to learn more or schedule a consultation, we welcome you to reach out to Dr. Ryan Couvillion at Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX. We look forward to hearing from you today.

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