How should I sleep after a tummy tuck – Abdominoplasty? Will sleeping on my back help?

Recommend length of supine sleep post-surgery: Six weeks

Following an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, supine sleep is recommended for six weeks post-surgery.

The skin of the abdomen will be tight and irritable due to the liposuction and removal of the excessive skin, therefore it is essential to avoid any tension in the stomach and belly area.

Back sleeping is the most frequently recommended position for anyone undergoing a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).

We advise keeping your head elevated to optimise sleep quality using Waking Beauty Layered Sleep System®, specifically the super-soft HARMONISE, STABILISE and ELEVATE. Sleeping upright with pillows under the legs will help to elevate pain, we recommend using ALIGN to support the knees.

See the table below for elements that we recommend:

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Waking Beauty® Elements recommended for Abdominoplasty

Element NameElement Function
HARMONISESuper-soft HARMONISE gives emotional and physical support - Harmonise enables supine sleep while offering the comforting impression of side sleep. It supports the head and gives lateral support to the neck.
STABILISESTABILISE allows individual adjustment in a revolutionary way - Stabilise has a central zip on the reverse, allowing for ventilation and filling variation. Patients have all levels of firmness available in one pillow.
ELEVATEELEVATE raises the head to a comfortable position - Elevate is a small pillow that works synergistically with Stabilise to elevate the head, enabling the patient to retain a certain sleep height.
ALIGNALIGN targets support under the knees - Inspired by Alexander's position of Constructive Rest, Align give the targeted support by uniquely increasing the comfort of sleeping in a new position by raising the legs and spine to an optimum level and angle. Like Stabilise, the central reverse zip can adjust filling and firmness

Would you like extra darkness while asleep?

Ask for REPOSE

Repose eye pillow


Would you like extra elevation?

Use extra wool filler

Align pillow showing the woollen filling and label close up