First, let’s get over the stigma associated with the word “girdle”. In the past, it was a garment worn exclusively by women, but we don’t live in the past and today, it is an important medical recovery garment used to help men and women alike to recover from cosmetic surgeries like tummy tucks and liposuction. A girdle is a high tech targeted compression garment designed to hold the lower abdomen in place while recovering from surgery. These compression garments are designed to be worn after abdominoplasty or liposuction to support your abdominal wall muscles and speed up the recovery process.
How long should I wear a mens girdle?
Your surgeon will advise you on how long you should wear your recovery device, as recovery is different for everyone. Typically, you will be wearing a highly compressive garment in the first 1-2 weeks after surgery, a less compressive garment 3-5 weeks after surgery, and maybe a lightly compressive garment >5 weeks post-op. But again, this varies for all patients. It is crucial to wear the recommended garments under the advice of your surgeon, not only to ensure optimal aesthetic results, but to improve the healing process by reducing swelling and bruising, improving drainage, reducing infection, and supporting your abdominal muscles. Mens girdles are very comfortable, as they provide a uniform compressive support post-surgery. You likely won’t want to do much of anything for the first week or so after surgery anyways, so wearing this device shouldn’t be a big deal.
Can I wear it under my clothes?
One of the main concerns from most men undergoing cosmetic surgery is whether it will be obvious that they’re wearing a girdle under their clothes. ContourMD compression garments are designed to be invisible under clothes and ultimately, your recovery is the most important consideration here. Men have started wearing tights under their shorts and have long worn undershirts along with their suit jackets, so when you consider that this is a medical recovery device, wearing it under clothes for a few weeks doesn’t need to be a big deal! You’re the only one who will know it is there.
How do I know which product to buy?
Your surgeon will provide advice on which recovery products to buy, but you need to ensure that you’re getting medical grade compression wear and not cheap or sports branded compression. Luckily, ContourMD is made in America providing the highest quality of compression on the market.
Men’s Girdle Overview
Overall, you’ll want to listen to your surgeon regarding recovery times and proper recovery accessories. If you do not take the proper precautions while recovering from abdominal surgery, you can injure yourself for life (which kind of defeats the purpose of elective surgery). Take the necessary time off of strenuous activities, listen to your surgeon in your followup appointments, and wear your recovery compression garments for the recommended duration.