Resources & Information for Compression Garments After Liposuction
After most cosmetic surgery or liposuction procedures, compression garments are required. There are a number of benefits and reasons it is recommended to wear compression post-surgery, the main ones being that it is comfortable and helps speed the recovery process while achieving the desired cosmetic results. Here we will provide some tips and information on using Compression Garments after liposuction, as it is especially important to wear them after this procedure.
Pre-op, your doctor will explain what exactly will be involved in the procedure, how to prepare, and what post-operative/post-procedure care will look like. Of course, listen to your surgeon’s specific directions to ensure a correct and swift recovery. Many patients who are new to liposuction or have not read about the procedure are unaware of the need for compression garments post-procedure. Your surgeon will explain everything, including how they will help with recovery and why you should be prepared with your garments before going into the procedure.
The main purpose of wearing compression after liposuction is to help the healing process. Compression garments are exactly what they sound like. They are snug, form-fitting garments, that will add a uniform, external pressure to the area where liposuction incisions have been made. By wearing compression, this external pressure helps keep the swelling down, can stop excessive bruising from happening, all while keeping the circulation in your body moving swiftly. Plus, it can be extremely comfortable to wear after these procedures.
What Types of Compression do I Need?
There are many types of compression available from pantyhose, socks, full-body garments, sleeves, tops, and more. All of these garments are designed to be worn exactly on the area that has been treated, to help speed up the healing process in this area. For liposuction, there are even types of compression garments that can be customized with drainage tubes. This helps to provide comforting external pressure to the treatment area while helping to flush excess fluid out of the body. Your surgeon will also recommend specific compression garments depending on your specific needs post-procedure. For example, there are compression garments with different amounts of pressure/compression for the different stages of recovery. Your doctor will help you select what type of garment is best for you.
How Long Should I Wear Compression?
After liposuction, you can expect to be in recovery an average of 8 weeks however it is sometimes more, sometimes less. There are various stages of recovery and different levels of compression to be worn at each stage. The most important thing to do after a liposuction procedure is to get some rest! Compression garments will be worn immediately after the procedure and for several weeks after. Your exact schedule will be discussed directly with your surgeon. At your first checkup after your procedure, your surgeon will likely get you to wear a compression garment with a lower amount of compression. We would call this Stage 2 of Recovery. In Stage 2, garments are less bulky than initial compression garments and are easier to hide under your everyday clothing. Since you’ll likely feel more recovered at this stage and may return to light activity, you’ll want a compression garment that works with your lifestyle.
Post-liposuction compression garments are almost as important as the procedure itself. Not only do they help you recover more quickly and comfortably, they are instrumental in supporting your muscles while helping you achieve your desired aesthetic result. Before you know it, you’ll be on the move as your new happy, healthy self.