According to Psychology Today, everyone is gender-fluid to a degree. That’s because traditionally, people have been expected to behave or look a certain way on the basis of their biological sex. These days, people are becoming more aware of and challenging modes of thinking that make it harder for people to express themselves through dress, … Continued

According to Psychology Today, everyone is gender-fluid to a degree. That’s because traditionally, people have been expected to behave or look a certain way on the basis of their biological sex. These days, people are becoming more aware of and challenging modes of thinking that make it harder for people to express themselves through dress, style, and other personal choices.

To be clear, people who are gender-fluid generally don’t have a strong attachment to any gender, and may feel more traditionally masculine or feminine depending on the day. Though the phrase gender-fluid is often used interchangeably with nonbinary—not associating with any gender—people who are gender-fluid may or not be nonbinary.

Depending on the way they wish to express themselves, shape-wear may help certain people feel more comfortable.

  • It may enable people to express themselves more fully and affirm their gender or wear drag.

  • It’s less invasive and risky than surgery, and involves less commitment.

  • It allows people to feel more comfortable in their bodies on any given day, and can be done for a prolonged period of time if precautions are taken.

Though shape-wear such as chest binders and other items are temporary, there are a few things to remember.

  • Make sure to use the right size. Loose garments won’t pose much problems, but they’ll be uncomfortable.

  • Tight garments or chest binders can be painful to wear for long periods and can eventually cause breathing issues or skin scarring if worn for days on end.

Here are some

 

 

 compression garments or shape-wear you can use to change your appearance without surgery.

Chest Binders

There are many reasons why some people consider a chest binder. Often, they will help you present as male by making the chest look flatter, though they’re a common drag, cosplay, and role-play. Wearing a chest binder can also be helpful for people who have chest dysphoria.

Layering shirts, kinetic tape, and wearing sports bras are common ways to bind one’s chest, but commercial chest binders come in many sizes, colors, and designs. The most common you will find anywhere include:

  • Tops that look like sports bras

  • Compression chest binders cut off at the belly button

  • Binders that go all the way down to your waist

Girdles

Girdles were traditionally a women’s only item and often worn to cinch one’s waist and change one’s shape. They’re often associated with people who want to present as female, as girdles flatten the belly and accentuate hips. Some can even help you reduce the appearance of back fat and love-handles depending on how high up they go.

Girdles are still a handy item to keep around if you’re agender, as they are generally easy to remove depending on the kind you buy.

Common types include:

  • Slimmer thongs

  • Boy short girdles

  • Shape-wear bras (commonly used to smooth out back fat)

  • Mid-thing shapers (scuba suits)

Full Body Compression Suits

These compression suits often reach from your shoulders to the bottom of your thighs to make you look leaner overall. They come in a variety of materials and designs. Some of these have openings in the fly area to better help you go to the bathroom and resemble the look of rompers. Others look almost like dresses.

Drag Queen Gender Fluid person in a dressSafety Tips for Choosing a Girdle or Full-body Shape-wear

Shape-wear can better help you feel more authentic in your gender expression and can help you accentuate or diminish the appearance of some of your features. It’s critical that you find one that fits you just right so you can avoid some of the common risks associated with them, such as:

  • Skin irritation caused by the chemicals used to make materials so stretchy or by wearing the shape-wear for too long.

  • Constriction of blood. Shape-wear won’t cause permanent damage to your body, but it can cut off your blood circulation and even cause acid reflux if it’s too tight. Make sure your shape-wear isn’t leaving any marks on your skin. If it is, choose the next bigger size.

Finding the right shape-wear, regardless of which is right for you, will take a few tries. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or experiment, and as always please reach out to us with any questions and we’ll help you find your perfect fit.

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Looking to change your appearance without spending months hitting the gym or opting for the more expensive cosmetic surgery route? Shapewear could be your new contouring best friend. Think of it as an instant fix without permanent commitment or cost. Let’s start by covering a few basics. Shapewear isn’t meant to permanently alter your physical … Continued

Looking to change your appearance without spending months hitting the gym or opting for the more expensive cosmetic surgery route? Shapewear could be your new contouring best friend. Think of it as an instant fix without permanent commitment or cost.

Let’s start by covering a few basics. Shapewear isn’t meant to permanently alter your physical appearance and it certainly isn’t meant to be worn continuously. When fitted correctly, shapewear can even be, dare we say, comfortable? In fact, many people are using shapewear on a regular basis to enhance their natural appearance and change their body shape appearance without expensive surgery.

 

What is Shapewear? 

People of all ages and physiques are flocking to shapewear to help achieve their desired body aesthetic. Whether you’re looking for more curves, less curves, accents in the right places, or simply a flatter midsection, shapewear can help you achieve this goal. 

If you’re completely new to the concept of compression and/or shapewear, let us fill you in. Shapewear is a type of compression garment that can be worn by both patients after surgery and those who are simply looking for a comfortable, easy-to-wear product that improves their natural shape and contour. And we’ll quickly note that shapewear does not have the same medical compression capabilities as, say, Stage I or Stage II compression garments that you would use after procedures like liposuction or cosmetic surgery. It has more give making it ideal for daily wear. 

Shapewear can be a long-term solution for those who have received some sort of cosmetic surgery or are looking to maintain and emphasize their body’s shape. For example, shapewearcan be worn as a means of gender affirmation, to look more feminine, to look more androgynous, or to look more masculine. There are many non-surgical options out there, you just need to find the one that works for you. We’ve touched a little on how shapewear can help you achieve your desired aesthetic, but let’s expand on this topic by going over some more specific shapewear pieces that help you achieve a specific goal.

 

Changing Your Body Shape 

As we’ve mentioned, spending hours in the gym and dieting with seemingly no end in sight may get you closer to where you want to be but it’s not instant and you still may never get the lines you’re looking for. Achieving, not to mention maintaining, a flat stomach is extremely difficult for some people. There is both physical and mental strain and it’s not always something you can maintain long term. But if you want to look and feel your best, there are alternatives to slaving away in the gym and kitchen. 

People of all ages and physiques are flocking to shapewear to help achieve their desired body aesthetic. Whether you’re looking for more curves, less curves, accents in the right places, or simply a flatter midsection, shapewear can help you achieve this goal. You can’t choose where your body likes to hold fat, but you can choose the garments and undergarments you wear to accent your body the way you like it. 

Use shapewear to change your body shape for special occasions under dress clothing (psst, all celebrities do this for every A-list event) or find pieces that work for your wardrobe on a regular basis. We’ll be here to help with any questions along the way. 

 

Gender Affirming Shapewear

Another major benefit to shapewear is its versatility. There are many different types of shapewear for many different purposes. Gender affirmation is one of them. Whether you are currently transitioning or simply want to enhance your appearance to best suit your true gender, shapewear can help you achieve your goals. 

From binders and abdominal boards to appear more masculine or bodysuits and brief shapers or girdles to appear more feminine, shapewear can do it all. If you have questions about which pieces could be right to help you achieve your desired look, please let us know and our expert staff would be happy to help! 

 

How to Look More Feminine 

Shapewear can help you achieve a classic hourglass shape by cinching the areas that are traditionally more “masculine” like the waist, and helping to provide a more curvy silhouette. Click the image to browse our entire collection of shapers, girdles and bras.

Our full bodysuits which help create the illusion of an hourglass shape & provide easy access when nature calls. Can be worn with inserts or without. 


High waisted girdles can help you contour a more shapely derriere without costly surgery or hours doing squats. Add in hip and thigh pads to increase the curves. Click below to see our girdle collection.


If you want to enhance your upper body, we suggest our bra shapers, which can be worn with inserts or with your natural figure. Available in multiple shades and custom sizes to fit you.

 

How to Look More Androgynous 

Many of our shapewear pieces can also be used to achieve an androgynous look that helps you to feel comfortable in your own body, which is the ultimate goal! 

If you want to go for a more hourglass androgynous shape, consider using one of our bodysuits which come in a variety of fits and styles to work with your life. 

You may also consider high waisted options with a bra top. These individual pieces are easy options together or separate. 

If you’re going for a more squared off look, consider using a
binder
abdominal board
compression vest 

These options, worn daily under your regular clothing can provide you with an outward appearance that more geniunely reflects who you are.

How to Look More Masculine 

If your goal is to reduce your curves, there are plenty of options. Depending on the goal you will find our compression & shapewear vests to be a great option for day to day wear.

 

Our abdominal boards can also help you reduce the appearance of curves under your clothes comfortably as well as our custom fitted binders which can be worn however you choose.

 

As you can see, shapewear helps us achieve way more than just compression and smoothing fine lines under clothing. It helps us to be who we really are and embrace our identity through the clothing we enjoy wearing, and provides confidence in our appearances. No matter what any “wellness coach” might say, feeling comfortable in your own skin is hard to do. Anything that helps us to be comfortable with our appearance is an investment worth making, in our opinion.

Investing in shapewear pieces that suit your lifestyle and wardrobe can help achieve so much more than just a sleeker appearance. It can provide peace of mind knowing we’re venturing out into the world as who we are truly meant to be, and that is a good feeling! If you have questions about shapewear or want to learn more about what pieces might be right for your body type, don’t hesitate to send us a message or check out our website here

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Daily Compression Wear Do you wear compression wear? This gear is a staple in many people’s daily wardrobe whether it’s for working out, shaping their body under their clothing (shapewear), or as a medical device for a number of purposes. High performance athletes wear compression wear for improved performance, but you don’t need to be … Continued

Daily Compression Wear

Do you wear compression wear? This gear is a staple in many people’s daily wardrobe whether it’s for working out, shaping their body under their clothing (shapewear), or as a medical device for a number of purposes. High performance athletes wear compression wear for improved performance, but you don’t need to be a sports star to wear compression wear on a regular basis.

In fact, there are many benefits to wearing compression gear regularly. But, like anything else, before you get started you should know your options and know whether compression wear might be a good option for you to wear every day.

What is compression wear?

All of our garments are Made in America by our team of expert Seamstresses.

Compression wear might look like a tight or sleek sports garments or a silky undergarment with a slight sheen to it. The material is woven very tightly and consistently in order to provide a comfortable support while restricting the movement of your body. These garments give a feeling of support to your body’s tissues while you are moving around or working out, which many find to be comfortable.

And don’t worry, you can move around without restriction. If you can’t there is a chance your compression wear is way too tight.

Types of compression wear

There are different types or “grades” of compression wear depending on how tightly the fabric is woven. Compression wear that is designed for daily use tends to be woven slightly less tight in order to provide enough comfortable compression while still allowing ease of movement and unrestricted support.

Compression wear that is “medical grade” is woven more tightly as it is designed to be worn after surgery or as a medical device for a specific purpose with regards to circulation. These types of medical grade garments should be recommended by your physician before use, as compression wear isn’t necessarily safe for everybody if you have underlying conditions.

Sports wear and shapewear compression are likely not medical grade but you can check with a sales representative if you’re unsure.

Compression wear for daily use

In addition to compression wear for athletes, compression wear for daily use can be beneficial to those with extra weight or extra skin on their body, as it provides a unique type of support that is not often found in other types of clothing.

Not only does compression wear provide support for your body as you go about your daily routine, it helps improve circulation throughout the area of use. So if you spend a lot of time on your feet, wearing daily compression wear or shapewear on your lower half could be beneficial to help you keep your blood flowing.

As a result, at the end of a long day you may feel “fresher” than you have previously, since your body has been circulating blood and repairing any muscle fatigue or micro tears that would normally have occurred on a regular basis.

Buying compression wear for daily use

There’s more to buying compression wear than just selecting a tight garment or piece of clothing that feels “too small”. As mentioned, compression garments shouldn’t be too tight or feel like they’re cutting off your circulation. As a result, high quality compression gear will always be custom sized. You will need to take your measurements and apply them using a sizing chart provided by the company you’ll be ordering your compression gear from.

The type of compression wear that you choose to buy will depend on your body’s measurements and your goals for getting the wear. An easy way to get started is through compression tights or shorts, as your lower half is required for most day-to-day activities that may benefit from compression wear.

These garments tend to also provide a smoother and sometimes “ideal” silhouette. Whether this was your intention for selecting shapewear to wear on a daily basis, or a nice additional benefit of your compression wear for health purposes, it’s a nice additional feature of the garments.

Be sure to check out pieces like the following, to get started:

Abdominal Panty Girdle 4in Waist Closed Crotch – Our Abdominal Panty Girdle provides a uniform comfort underneath your regular or gym clothing. The high quality Lycra Spandex material makes it a comfortable material for daily use and the laced front panel laced provides a nice feminine pattern.

Slip On Mid Thigh Girdle Closed Crotch – This slip on high quality Lycra fabric with reinforced abdominal panel provides a great amount of support for daily activity. Holding your body’s shape comfortably, this compression wear is ideal for daily use. The soft lace trims the mid-thigh for a beautiful design.

Brief Body Shaper With Side Zipper Closed Crotch – If you’re wearing compression wear daily to provide an aesthetic silhouette, look no further for your ideal garment. Our body shaper with side zipper provides comfortable compression for under your daily clothing. The 55% Lycra Spandex material compresses fully with cushiony softness while providing compression to the thighs, breast, abdominal area, upper/lower torso. Adjust your shoulder straps for comfort control and a custom fit.

For more information on compression garments you can visit our website here.

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It’s that time of year again, the BIG GAME & of course we’ll be cheering the Kansas City Chiefs on the whole time!  Just like the Chiefs, we know it takes a solid defense and a powerful offense to succeed but you overlook the importance of a great foundation. We have the foundation wear you … Continued

It’s that time of year again, the BIG GAME & of course we’ll be cheering the Kansas City Chiefs on the whole time! 

Just like the Chiefs, we know it takes a solid defense and a powerful offense to succeed but you overlook the importance of a great foundation. We have the foundation wear you need for a great defense, a strong offense and we’re highlighting some of our best players in the Shapewear Showdown!

Our top picks are guaranteed to help you feel and look your best no matter what you’re up against.

 

The Best Offensive Line 

ContourMD’s custom made compression vests give you the support you need to focus on what really matters, like what flavor wings are you going to order? Our compression vests are great for recovery and for daily wear. Shapewear garments also offer various levels of support that are unique to your body. Our compression vest solved the underarm binding issue and won’t ride up.  Available in both black and white colors, it is a great staple for any wardrobe.

Check out our complete offensive line here.

 

The Best Defensive Line

A solid defense keeps you safe and free to make the power moves. Our unique foundation wear is guaranteed to do the same by slimming you down & giving you the confidence you need to succeed. ContourMD’s girdles give you the support you need and the comfort you crave. Offering extra back support, a flattened midsection & Available in both open and closed models, we have the right fit for you.

Check out our complete defensive line here.

 

The Powerhouses

Under pressure, there are always those top performers that over deliver time & again. We appreciate that since we’ve been doing it as a brand  since 1982.

As Brazilian Buttlifts are more popular than ever before, and a surgery win starts with the best recovery. We live up to our Compression With Compassion with buttery soft compression garments to help you recover in comfort. 

The other powerhouse we couldn’t live without is the Biker Compression Shorts. Each custom made pair will go the distance, perfect for daily wear under everything.  With an easy to use side zipper and buttery soft material, you will want to wear them all the time.

 

Want To Be An MVP?

This month we’re giving away a $200 gift card & you could be the lucky winner. It’s no Super Bowl ring but our products are guaranteed to make you feel like you just won big! Just fill out the short form below & be sure to check your email. Winner announced on March 1.

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  Alright, alright… alright? We’re not Matthew McConaughey, but we know when there’s a clear need for a product in a market and honestly, shapewear for men has been a long time coming.  Whether it is for your own comfort after surgery or for a little extra “smooth factor” under the suit and tie, shapewear … Continued

 

Alright, alright… alright? We’re not Matthew McConaughey, but we know when there’s a clear need for a product in a market and honestly, shapewear for men has been a long time coming. 

Whether it is for your own comfort after surgery or for a little extra “smooth factor” under the suit and tie, shapewear for men is here to stay. When the diet is lacking and you don’t have hours a day to focus on exercise, men everywhere are turning to shapewear to provide a controlled and slimmed appearance under their regular or work clothing. 

Are you still wondering what exactly shapewear even is? No worries. We’ve got you covered. Shapewear is a compressive garment designed to be worn under clothing to enhance your appearance or lend some of the benefits that compression provides to the body. These garments can help reduce the appearance of beer bellies or “man boobs” if you are uncomfortable with your appearance or simply want some stability in those areas. 

Shapewear can also help sculpt your body, promotes blood flow and circulation (meaning quicker recovery times from your workouts), and is a useful tool if you have undergone any type of surgical procedure like liposuction.

 

Other benefits of shapewear for men

Wearing shapewear and enjoying a more slim appearance may give you a little ego boost, as you’ll look like you just dropped a few lbs overnight. This can work wonders for your confidence and attitude, whether you’re giving a presentation at work, meeting over Zoom or celebrating a special event.  

 

Shapewear garments also offer various levels of support that are unique to your body. For example, wearing shapewear that smooths the stomach can also help improve your posture, due to the compression. This, in turn, will reduce lower back pressure and can make sitting at your desk much more comfortable. 

 

These garments are also worn for post-surgery support to keep everything in place as your muscles recover and heal in their proper areas. 

 

You can also wear shapewear to the gym, as the compression helps circulation which can improve your workouts. You can also wear shapewear to enjoy the extra support it provides for a tired or overworked back. 

 

And, once you get used to pulling it on and off, shapewear for men is actually pretty darn comfortable. Garments a custom made to your measurements and slide effortlessly underneath an outfit so that no one would know you are wearing it unless you told them! By choosing custom fitted shapewear, you’re guaranteed the right size of shapewear, knowing it will stay put and smooth out your appearance while providing a comfortable level of support so you can go about your daily routine with no interruption.

 

What types of shapewear are available for men? 

ContourMD has a number of different styles of shapewear for men. Each style serves its own unique purpose, so if you have questions that aren’t answered here or are stuck between two garments, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and we would be happy to help. Here’s a great overview to help you get comfortable with how shapewear can benefit you.  

 

The Power Vest – This vest provides reinforced comfort and compression with adjustable shoulder straps for a custom fit. No need to worry about underarm binding as there is complete freedom of movement with this product. Wear men’s shapewear vests every day under your clothing as a solution to “man boobs” and to help flatten the appearance of your chest/stomach area. Plus, no fat or extra skin can escape from under the arms with this product. With a higher level of compression, this product can be used by those who have recently completed surgeries, or by experienced shapewear users. 

 

The Brief (high waist) – Often those who use the brief will enjoy extra back support and a reduced appearance of their midsection. These briefs provide a lifting and shaping property along with some belly control that will hide a beer or sugar belly. Comfortable to wear under any clothes, these briefs also help avoid chaffing of the legs during hot weather, and any friction your waistbands or belts may create. With a custom fit and buttery soft finish, it’s perfect for daily wear.  

 

The Body Shaper (full body) – One of our more “full coverage” products, the body shaper can be used both post-surgery and on a regular basis when worn under suits or other clothes. This garment is both comfortable and properly compressive in all the right places. With adjustable shoulders straps for a customized fit, height is no issue! 

 

The Compression Vest – This vest provides comfort and style. Available in both black and white colors, it is a perfect addition to any wardrobe as it is virtually indistinguishable from a regular undershirt. This product can be used regularly or after a surgical procedure, as it offers a higher level of compression. Easy to get in and out of and also does not push any underarm skin out the top. 

 

What’s Next

 

Consider the purpose of your compression garment before purchasing. Are you mainly looking for support in the mid-section? The high-waisted brief is probably right for you, then. If you are looking for more upper body support in the pectoral or shoulder region, you can consider any of our vests. We even have one with sleeves, here

For a complete list of our male shapewear products, check here

 

Like any custom made clothing, buying the right size of shapewear can make a world of difference. Our handy sizing guide is rarely ever wrong, but make sure you have all your most recent, up-to-date measurements when selecting your garment. If you’re in-between sizes or unsure of what garment to buy, don’t hesitate to reach out to our expert staff at ContourMD. We’re a family-run business so customer service is in our blood! 

 

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There is no better time to celebrate your body than today! We appreciate every body and that’s why ContourMD has been making compression and shapewear products since 1982. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable while accentuating your body in all the right places.   Did You Know? Literally ALL celebrities wear shapewear at … Continued

There is no better time to celebrate your body than today! We appreciate every body and that’s why ContourMD has been making compression and shapewear products since 1982. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable while accentuating your body in all the right places.

 

Did You Know?

Literally ALL celebrities wear shapewear at important events to maintain a flatter stomach and to help smooth their bra and underwear lines but shapewear isn’t just for red carpet or recovery, it’s a useful tool to help you feel confident that you look your best. That’s why we have created this guide to help you find the best fit for your unique curves.

 

Let’s Get Started

Understanding your body shape is important because it will help determine what area to accentuate through shapewear. Do you want to smooth your natural silhouette? Maybe you’d like to accentuate those curves? Shapewear will help showcase your natural form and have you looking and feeling your best in no time. No matter what you want to accentuate, we have a shapewear for you.

 

Check Your Measurements

Knowing your basic measurements like height and weight will help when shopping online. Most compression garments will use these two metrics to get a good idea of the level of compression you’ll need. It’s important that your shapewear is not too tight, as it can roll down or up and can be uncomfortable. A tighter/smaller size won’t make you look smaller; it will be more likely to look lumpy.

 

Depending on the type of garment you’re considering may need to know your chest, waist, thigh, bra, or hip measurements. We have a handy sizing chart available here for you to use (it’s almost never wrong!) but you’d rather have a personal stylist, our expert staff is happy to help you find the right pieces. We will even send you a FREE TAPE MEASURE if you fill out our form!

 

Dangerous Curves Ahead

 

There’s a variety of different levels of compression among shapewear garments. We picked a few of our most versatile shapewear options to give you a custom fit and a great value. Here your guide to a well-rounded shapewear collection for your closet. Click each item to learn more!

 

The Classic Body Suit ─ This shaper brief/bra combo comes in neutral or black and looks just like those sexy bodysuits we all know and love… except, better! Designed to be worn under regular clothes, this garment helps control everything from the butt up. Lifted butt, smooth stomach, and under-control breasts, what more could we ask for? Great for layering under the sheerest of outfits.

 

Smooth Shaping Panties ─ Shaping panties help make wearing waistbands comfortable again! Keeping a protective barrier between your skin and your waistband, shaping panties also help smooth the stomach area under shirts or blouses creating a flawless look now matter what you’re wearing.

 

Modern Biker Shorts ─ Who doesn’t love a good pair of high-waisted biker shorts? This 90s staple has been making a comeback in recent years. These are perfect accessories under dresses and rompers. A great investment, they’re a perfect under winter sweater dresses and they also prevent thigh chafing in the sweaty summer months ahead.

 

The Mid-Thigh Bodysuit ─ This flattering suit hits midthigh and molds your body into a classic hourglass shape. Custom fit to your unique curves, it’s comfortable enough to wear every day for work or play.

 

How Can We Help You Feel Your Best

If you are searching for everyday contour garments you might select a lower compression top for those Zoom calls or high-waisted bike shorts for some mid-section control. If you’re looking for shapewear for a special event like Valentine’s Day or you want more support you may consider a fuller shapewear set or girdle. If you’ve got questions about shapewear for daily wear, special occasion or an upcoming procedure, we are only a phone call away.

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In times when communities are feeling torn apart and the world seems bleak, we need to come together more than ever before to help. At ContourMD, we have seen local communities transform from bright and lively into isolated places that just don’t feel like home. We knew that while others panicked and worried about what … Continued

In times when communities are feeling torn apart and the world seems bleak, we need to come together more than ever before to help. At ContourMD, we have seen local communities transform from bright and lively into isolated places that just don’t feel like home. We knew that while others panicked and worried about what to do, we could do something to help.

As a result, we decided to provide USA-made PPE masks for those in the front lines and in our communities to help everyone stay safe and protected. Though we have been serving customers across the country for many years, we knew we needed to do more during the Covid-19 pandemic. Let us tell you our story about how we decided to give back in whatever way we could.

A Time of Need

At the start of 2020, the world seemed to be entering a state of flux, but nothing seemed completely out of the ordinary. By March, the world was shuddering as waves of COVID-19 began to strike around the world. It seemed like it was just a matter of time until Covid-19 came to ravage America. When the first wave of the virus hit, we were as shocked as anyone else in the country. The nation was not ready for such large-scale panic and need that created a sense of hopelessness across the country.

In our own home of Kansas City, every business was closing its doors and the hospitals were bracing for what was to come over the coming months. Nobody could have expected at the beginning of the year that we would still be in a lockdown state and not able to get back to our normal lives after such a long time in isolation. To make matters worse, our nation’s front-line workers were short on masks and nobody knew what to do.

When the time of need came, ContourMD had to answer the call in any way we could, which we found to be PPE and mask production. After we tell you a little bit about who we are, we want to tell you how we gave back to our community through PPE production in more detail.

Contour MD and Who We Are

ContourMD is a leading provider in the healthcare industry for providing post-surgical compression garments. We provide top-notch quality garments due to our FDA Registered facility, A+ rating with the BBB, and passion for helping those in need. With accountability, reliability, and relationships at the forefront of our business, we have been providing post-surgery patients with garments for almost 40 years. Though we have an impressive track record for the last few decades, we want to continue to improve so we can be a world-class manufacturer within the medical device industry.

Though post-surgical compression garments may seem like a rather small industry, we know our customers appreciate every hour of work we put into creating and delivering the best products possible. Many post-surgery patients, from cancer survivors to new mothers, see benefits from compression garments. When someone is recovering from surgery, their bodies are more sensitive than usual and are also more susceptible to complications. It is our goal to make sure everyone can recover at their own pace and not have to fear some of the unpleasantries that are traditionally associated with post-surgery recovery.

The reason we are the brand of choice for so many operations is because we design our products to be an extension of your body and not something that inhibits it. For example, many of our compression products are specially designed to hug the body just right so that you feel comfortable and protected all day long. We use innovative materials and sewing techniques to maximize comfort and affordability you can rely on. Professionals and customers alike trust our process and help us to exceed expectations and deliver outstanding products with every order.

With such a focus placed on our customers we felt it was essential to make our products right here in America. When our customers get products made in their home country, we can rest easy knowing that love and care is going into every unit. To help spread even more love and care, we also make it essential to get out and help our community. Even under normal circumstances, we are a company that will take any chance for community service we can find.

 

How We’re Giving Back

Even though we are a small team, we feel that giving back to the community and customers is a top priority. Every member of our team is always ready to help the local Kansas City community with service projects or just helping neighbors in a time of need. Every customer is part of the family, and we feel that there is no such thing as showing too much love to your family.

Even beyond providing support for our customers, we also have been leaders in humanitarian efforts in local communities. This allows us to give back to our community, not just those in need of our products. We use manufacturing incentives and help Veterans find jobs.  Though this may seem like an odd task for a simple garment producer, we know that everyone needs a little bit of help. Even if they don’t need post-surgical garments per say, we try our best to reach individuals in our community to make everyone feel better.

At no time has it felt more important to give back than right now. As the nation is recovering and trying to deal with an escalating pandemic, we couldn’t stand by without helping in any way we could. So, we applied our service-centered attitude to a different sector in the medical device industry: PPE items. We’ve also been working with Kansas City public services and charities to get PPE in the hands of those who need it most, as well as hiring more people locally in order to ensure that Americans have quick access to PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Giving Back with Covid-19

ContourMD was in a unique position when Covid-19 first hit home as we were already producing high-quality garments that were made with medical grade materials. While getting our normal customers the surgical recovery garments they needed was still a priority, we realized we had the tools and potential to give back on a much larger scale. In a relatively short amount of time, we were able to change our production facilities just enough so that they could now start to produce essential masks and PPE for those on the frontlines.

This sudden shift in production did not happen overnight, but we knew it had to be done. Such a large shortage of basic supplies meant that there were hospitals and nursing homes at risk of spreading the virus. No matter what it took, we knew we had the machines and the team to see this project through until the end. So, we made a 3-month investment in raw materials for the job. The Kansas City medical workers needed our help, and we were glad to answer the call.

We produced PPE materials with a specific focus on N95, KN95, and 3-ply surgical masks. All masks were produced within a USA-based FDA registered facility. All facilities met ISO 9000 and 13485 standards, ensuring the masks were completely safe and free of contaminants. These PPE materials were then shipped to medical personnel who had been without proper resources, helping those in the front line stay safe amidst this devastating pandemic.

As we produced more masks, we also provided more local work within our home state of Kansas. The pandemic caused a 1000% increase in jobless claims in the state, so we refused to outsource our work. This allowed us to provide jobs to community members who needed to support their family despite the terrible state of the nation. Even our shipping was handled with local shipping partners, further providing jobs for those in our local communities.

Since we are in the business of helping people, we had to help our fellow citizens, friends, and family members. We felt this was a worthy way to help when it was needed most. Even if we could only produce what our equipment let us, we knew that every last mask and piece of protective equipment was needed more than ever. As time has gone on, we have still been able to do our best to help our community back on its feet with every mask that rolled off the production line and job we provided.

How We Helped Others

Once the initial wave hit and hospitals were able to manage the influx of patients, we realized our job was far from complete. There was still an entire city in lockdown that needed to be ready to open back up in a safe manner. Local businesses were struggling without business and would not be able to survive without essential masks and supplies to reopen safely. Being a family-owned business ourselves, we know how important it is to provide a local business healthcare Covid-19 response that helps those like us.

We have kept our mask production going and made a capital investment in the production for two reasons: to protect those on the frontline and get our local businesses back in operation. Local businesses need all the help they can get, and we knew we were able to make the masks they needed to do that. Even if we could just help one business get through this, it would have been all worth it.

In an effort to keep production running strong, we realized that even the normal people in our communities would like to buy masks. The positive relationships we had in the community really came to life as we saw old friends and dedicated customers coming to us for masks. Our goal is to provide enough people with masks so local businesses can open and remain open at the end of 2020.

We Believe Local Businesses Can Make a Difference

If you would have told our management team that we would be producing masks instead of quality recovery support in January, they would probably have laughed at you. As it seems is the case with nearly every city and town in America, the reality we live in is nothing like the one anyone could have seen coming. As a small business that was founded on family values and not corporate deadlines, we were working with the likes of Tesla and Apple to help make essential supplies. This was a humbling and inspiring opportunity for us.

All we knew going into this is that we had the potential to help our community and would let nothing get in our way. The enthusiasm every member of our team has for delivering great garments for recovering patients was immediately transferred when we realized that other markets needed our help. Change often shows how strong a company really is, and the changes we made this past year show our true colors. We hope other local businesses were able to do the same around the country so everyone could feel the love that we provided to our neighbors.

Whether you came to us looking for comfort after surgery or protection before going grocery shopping, we want you to know how much we appreciate your support. Companies like ContourMD could not exist without a passionate and generous community that is eager to rally around them. All we hope is that we can return the favor in any way possible.

 

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ContourMD is excited to introduce our new dynamic, user-friendly digital catalog containing the updates to our existing and new products. NEW COMPRESSION GARMENTS CATALOG Our new Compression Garment catalog allows you to easily access product information by either selecting a category from the table of contents or reviewing the catalog. Ordering is faster and easier. … Continued

ContourMD is excited to introduce our new dynamic, user-friendly digital catalog containing the updates to our existing and new products.

NEW COMPRESSION GARMENTS CATALOG

Our new Compression Garment catalog allows you to easily access product information by either selecting a category from the table of contents or reviewing the catalog.

Ordering is faster and easier. By selecting “More Information” for any item you will be directed to that item on our website to place your order.

Please enjoy the sophisticated look of our new 2018 catalog.

Shop ContourMD Catalog Now!  Go to: ContourMD Catalog

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Resources and Information on Facelift Recovery Products As is the case with any surgery, the best way to recover from a facelift is to ensure you take good care of yourself during the recovery process, listen to your doctor’s advice, and use the best recovery products available to you to ensure the optimal results. With ContourMD … Continued

Resources and Information on Facelift Recovery Products

As is the case with any surgery, the best way to recover from a facelift is to ensure you take good care of yourself during the recovery process, listen to your doctor’s advice, and use the best recovery products available to you to ensure the optimal results. With ContourMD it is easy to recover in comfort from your facelift procedure, because we provide only the best-made recovery garments on the market. We recommend a few compression products to help with your facelift recovery, you can find more details and buy them here.

 

Stage 1
In stage one you will be recommended to wear a facial compression wrap, chin and neck bandage, and chin strap, all available on our website. As soon as your facelift is over, compression garments should be worn at all times to ensure a speedy and safe recovery. These garments ensure your circulation is moving throughout the area, reduces swelling and pooling, and provides a comfortable support post-op. It also provides stability to your face and neck muscles so they heal in the ideal positions. The compression garment will also reduce the risk of infection and should be worn at all times except when bathing or showering. Stage 1 is usually 1-2 weeks depending on your recovery speed. Your surgeon will advise on next steps during your post-op consultation.

 

Stage 2
In stage 2 you may move to a neck and chin strap and chin support strap that are slightly less compressive. As you recover you’ll notice less swelling and less fluids in your facial tissues. The stage 2 garments are less bulky than stage 1, as they are slightly less compressive because you’re further along in the healing process. You’ll likely be able to resume daily activities as these garments are more comfortable and you should feel more recovered at this point. It’s important to continue wearing your compression garments to ensure optimal results and your surgeon will discuss your specific recovery plan directly with you. Stage 2 is usually 2-4 weeks but it may be more depending on your body’s natural ability to heal. You may wear your stage 2 garments for longer, depending on the advice of your surgeon. Remember that the full recovery process can take up to 6 months to see the full results.

 

Caring for your Facelift Recovery Garment
It is important to wash your recovery garment every 1-2 days. To ensure you’re wearing the garment as often as possible, it’s recommended to have 2 of each compression garment so that you can be wearing one while washing the other. Washing your garment is for both hygiene/to prevent infection and to prolong the lifespan of the garment. We recommend Variance Fabric Wash to care for your garments, as traditional laundry soap is not ideal for medical compression fabric.

 

Facelift Recovery Products Overview

Remember that everyone recovers from surgery differently, and no matter how simple your facelift procedure is, there will be some bruising and swelling after surgery. If your recovery products are worn correctly and for the recommended duration by your surgeon, your recovery should be seamless. It still may take several months to see the full results of your procedure… and you probably won’t see your face for several days after the procedure. Your doctor will have instructions for your specific recovery to ensure optimal results, but getting rest and taking care of yourself/taking it easy is arguably one of the most important parts of recovery. Using facelift recovery products (and keeping them in good condition) is the other important part of recovery. This is to improve your circulation, reduce swelling, drain excess fluids, and prevent infection.

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Arm cosmetic surgery is also referred to as an arm lift or a brachioplasty. This is the process of removing excess skin and fat from the triceps and underarm areas. This creates a tighter and smoother appearance for the upper arm, which looks more toned and youthful. The reality is that as we age, no … Continued

Arm cosmetic surgery is also referred to as an arm lift or a brachioplasty. This is the process of removing excess skin and fat from the triceps and underarm areas. This creates a tighter and smoother appearance for the upper arm, which looks more toned and youthful. The reality is that as we age, no matter how much we exercise, our skin loses elasticity; and this one area of the body where it is noticeable.

Following an arm lift, it is likely that you will benefit from wearing arm cosmetic surgerycompression sleeves. These garments help to reduce swelling and often they are used in conjunction with drainage tubes to help excess fluid drain away from the incisions sites. Allowing for this drainage helps to prevent complications that can arise post surgery.

Compression sleeves come in long and short sleeve varieties. Your doctor will be able to tell you which option is better for you. There are also vests and bras that can be purchased for specific surgical procedures, if you have more than one process done at the same time.

Arm cosmetic surgery compression sleeves are just one part of the healing and recovery process from an arm lift. Your doctor is going to give you clear and specific post-op instructions that will be specific based on your personal needs. It is imperative that you follow these instructions in order to ensure that your healing process goes as smoothly as possible.

Their directions will let you know how you keep the surgical site clean, what medication you need to take, how to prevent possible infection, what you need to watch out for, and when you need to follow up with your surgeon. The most important thing that you can do for your healing process is to take the time that you need. Rest, relax, and allow your body to heal itself.

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