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When Can I Sleep On My Side After Breast Augmentation?

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When Can I Sleep On My Side After Breast Augmentation?

Feeling uncomfortable with the appearance of your breasts is a common problem, but negative feelings about your body can have a very real effect on your self-esteem. Breast augmentation gives you the fuller, more proportionate breasts you have wished for, giving you the confidence to take full advantage of your opportunities.

How is Breast Augmentation Performed?

Dr. Lawton, a mother of two and experienced breast surgeon, performs breast augmentation using a variety of methods depending on your needs. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and saline or silicone implants are placed in your breasts above or under the muscle. The incision used can be along the edge of the areola, along the crease underneath the breast, or even in the underarm area (transaxillary).

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*Individual Results May Vary

When Can I Sleep On My Side After Breast Augmentation?

Because each breast augmentation is performed differently, each person’s recovery timeline will differ. We will instruct you to sleep on your back with your upper body elevated after this procedure for several reasons. The elevated position will help drain fluids and relieve swelling. Sleeping on your back prevents you from accidentally putting pressure on your implants while you sleep. 


Most people can return to sleeping on their side one to three weeks after breast augmentation, depending on the details of your procedure. Only a follow-up appointment with Dr. Lawton will allow her to assess your healing progress. Most people are cleared to return to work after one to two weeks and more strenuous activities after four to six weeks. 

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Breast augmentation provides long-lasting results, but breast implants typically have to be replaced over time. The average lifespan of a breast implant, whether silicone or saline, is ten to twenty years. Reasons people have implants replaced include changes in implant texture or the formation of scar tissue around the implant.


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Do I Need Breast Augmentation or a Breast Lift?

Some women may find that breast implants restore the shape and position they desire. However, women with significant sagging that can occur after pregnancy or weight loss may benefit from a breast lift. This procedure will remove excess skin and restore your breasts to their perkier position. These procedures can be performed together for superior results. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation may be right for you if you are healthy and have reasonable expectations about your results. Ideal candidates want to add breast volume or improve symmetry and understand all the risks and benefits of the procedure. Individuals with certain medical conditions should not have breast augmentation.


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about breast augmentation? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton, M.D. at (949) (949 )356-6158 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA, area.


*Individual Results May Vary.

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