Compression Garments

The best post liposuction or plastic surgical procedures are compression garments  that provide maximum support while shaping your body. It has been proven that a compression garment is highly effective at assisting the post-surgical body with rapid release of swelling, irregular skin formation, scar tissue management and  reducing complications associated with liposuction and plastic surgical recovery. Loose skin can retract and tighten better if you use compression garments after liposuction.

After surgery, your doctor will instruct you on how to wear a compression garment. Since these garments come in all different sizes and styles, knowing which one is right for you is crucial. A compression garment should not be painfully restrictive. To accelerate the lymphatic drainage with rapid drainage, control the post-surgical edema formation, formation of irregularities of skin, compression garments  should cover the entire area that has been treated and relevant lymphatic drainage sites.  

It is important to follow the guidelines of your doctor. Not wearing a compression garment as assigned by your surgeon can lead to increased swelling, bruising, and discomfort. By not wearing a compression garment, the risk of noticeable scarring and bruising is greatly increased. Even pressure from a compression garment can also ease pain from the surgery. Without wearing a properly fitted garment, discomfort is likely. Also, compression garments help your body to adhere to its new contours, without one, the skin may delay in healing or not heal as properly.

In the initial recovery phase, you need to wear the garments 24/7, removing them only for showers. This phase generally lasts around four weeks. Compression garments should be tight but not excessively. If garments are restricting breathing or other movements, they are too snug. Too much compression can be painful and may increase the risk of developing pressure necrosis or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). An ill-fitting or improperly worn compression garment can contribute to seroma formation or surface contour irregularities.

Patients are generally instructed to wear compression garments for a minimum of 14 days to a maximum of 12 weeks, or longer. The wearing instruction varies from doctor to doctor and case by case. Always stay in touch with  your doctor and/or post-surgical team about your own individual compression wear and recovery schedule.