Plastic Surgery Recovery

Resources and Information on Plastic Surgery Recovery – Garments

Plastic surgery recovery is a big deal. If you’ve been waiting for elective surgery, you’re probably experiencing a mix of feelings. In addition to excitement, you might be nervous or unsure of how to prepare for your operation and the recovery process. Your surgeon will explain all the pre and post-op requirements, how you might feel, things to look out for, etc. However, to be as prepared as possible, it’s good that you’re doing your own research!

At ContourMD we want to help make you comfortable post-op through our garments and also pre-op by providing information and answering any questions you have. Most likely, your surgeon has recommended that there will be a few garments required to wear after your surgery.

Benefits of Compression Garments for Plastic Surgery Recovery

Compression garments offer a myriad of benefits, including:

  • Reduced Swelling: By applying gentle pressure, compression garments help minimize post-surgery swelling, allowing for a more comfortable recovery process.
  • Improved Circulation: Proper blood circulation is vital for healing. Compression garments promote blood flow, aiding in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the surgical site.
  • Support and Comfort: Following surgery, the body needs support to facilitate healing. Compression garments offer support to the surgical area, reducing discomfort and promoting optimal recovery.

Enhancing Plastic Surgery Recovery with Compression Garments

So, what do you need to know about post-op plastic surgery garments? Post-op plastic surgery recovery garments help you recover more comfortably while speeding up the healing process. There are different categories of garments, which we will outline here:

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Compression Garments for Plastic Surgery Recovery

Compression garments are exactly what they sound like. They apply pressure or uniform compression to the area that has been operated. This is in order to speed up the healing process. These compression garments improve the circulation and blood flow to the area. For example, if you’re scheduled for a tummy tuck, you should wear an abdominal binder post-surgery. This puts pressure on your abdomen, ensuring your body heals in the shape you want it to. It also helps to avoid the pooling of fluids which can lead to complications.

Many pursue plastic surgery for aesthetic purposes and want their skin to heal tightly and firmly. Compression garments help with this, and you should wear them at all times. Remember to follow the instructions that your surgeon provides as they know what’s best for your recovery.

Choosing the Right Compression Garment

When selecting a compression garment for plastic surgery recovery, it’s crucial to consider factors such as size, fit, and type. Here are some tips to help you choose the right one:

  1. Accurate Measurement: Use a soft measuring tape to measure the circumference of the area where you’ll wear the garment. Refer to sizing charts provided by manufacturers to find the appropriate size.
  2. Consider Post-Op Swelling: Account for post-surgery swelling when selecting the size. Opt for a garment that accommodates swelling while providing adequate compression.
  3. Consult with Your Surgeon: Your plastic surgeon can offer guidance on the suitable size and type of compression garment based on your specific procedure and body type.
  4. Try It On: If possible, try on the garment before surgery to ensure a proper fit. It should fit snugly without causing discomfort or restricting blood flow.

See our Size Guide for a comprehensive review of where to measure on your body and how to measure.

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Breast Augmentation Aids

When recovering from a breast operation, you will want to reduce the likelihood of scarring while also ensuring a comfortable healing process. Post-op silicone scar sheets can help with this. These scar sheets rest along the lines where you want to minimize scarring. In addition, there are many surgical and compression bras available. Compression helps the breast rest in a comfortable position as you heal and recover. These garments and tools are advisable for people who have had breast reductions, implants, or lifts.

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Liposuction Recovery Garments

Compression after liposuction is a must. Your surgeon will provide advice and a schedule, along with the check-ins post-op to help advise you on the required garments. However, here is a general overview of what’s required post-op. Healing after liposuction is a 4–6-week process. Throughout this process, you’ll wear at least 2 different compression garments.

Stage 1 Liposuction Recovery Garments

The first garment, worn in Stage 1 (weeks 1-2), is a bit bulkier and provides the maximum level of compression and support.

PowerNet Cup First Stage Compression Vest - Style 16V01 16V01P

PowerNet Cup Compression Vest (Stage 1) – Wear this adjustable best against your skin immediately following surgery for a precise fit that reduces the risk of irritation, indentations, and rippling.

BBL Fat Transfer Compression Garment | Faja,   Colombian Shapewear with Front Hook & Eye by ContourMD Style 34FHE 34FHE-MTBSHEB

BBL Fat Transfer Compression Faja Garment – The BBL bodysuit hits the right balance between compression and comfort, with a soft, light fabric and an integrated front Hook and Eye closure to help with increasing/decreasing fluids and pressure.

Mid Calf Body Shaper with Sleeves by Contour - Style 28S 28S-MCBSWSP


Mid-Calf Body Shaper with Sleeves – This essential first-stage compression garment is designed with input from surgeons to provide optimal support and comfort. Its medical-grade compression reduces swelling, promotes healing, and aids the lymphatic system. Whether you’re recovering from liposuction, a tummy tuck, or breast augmentation, this body shaper offers targeted support to enhance your recovery. Make it a key part of your post-surgery plan for a quicker and more comfortable healing process.

Stage 2: Liposuction Recovery Garments:

The second garment, worn in Stage 2 (weeks 2-5) provides less compression but is still worn at all times to ensure optimal healing. In Stage 3 (>5 weeks) some people still choose to wear light compression for the support or to ensure they achieve their desired results.

Pull-On Brief Body Garment by Contour - Style 37 37-BGBP

Pull-On Brief Body Garment – In the second stage of recovery from liposuction, you want a garment that supports the core muscles and is easy to get in and out of. This surgeon-favorite style has reinforced panels and a slip-on feature.

Arm Liposuction and Arm Lifts – You can avoid wearing a full constricting compression shirt after an arm lift or lipo with this discreet 3/4-sleeve shaper that covers only the arms and hooks behind the neck.

Face liposuction and facelifts – Unlike other compression garments, doctors typically recommend patients wear facial garments 24/7 only for the first few days following submental liposuction or a facelift. After that, you can sleep in it for another month or longer, if your swelling is more severe. Always consult your doctor for the recommended time to wear your compression garment.

Compression throughout liposuction recovery not only provides an aesthetic benefit but also keeps your organs from moving while supporting your muscles. Compression also reduces liquid pooling, by increasing your circulation. Again, you’ll want to work directly with your surgeon to ensure your desired results.

Plastic Surgery Recovery Garments Overview

We would be happy to assist you with things like sizing, finding the right garment, or answering any questions about the garments. These garments are also suitable for patients undergoing other surgeries including hysterectomy or breast reconstruction after mastectomy, not just plastic surgery.

All our garments are made in America with the highest quality materials, so you know you are getting the best recovery tools available. Remember that every healing process is different. Your recovery could be quick and painless, or it could be more uncomfortable… By being prepared with your plastic surgery post op plan and garments from ContourMD, you can rest assured you’ll be well on your way to healing comfortably in no time.

FAQs About Compression Garments

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about compression garments:

  • Do I have to wear a compression garment post-surgery? While not mandatory, wearing a compression garment can expedite the recovery process and improve the outcome of your surgery.
  • How tight should the compression garment be? The garment should be snug but not uncomfortably tight. Proper sizing is crucial to ensure optimal compression and comfort.
  • How long do I need to wear compression garments post-surgery? The duration of wear depends on various factors, including the type of surgery and your surgeon’s recommendations. Typically, patients wear compression garments for several weeks to support the healing process.

By incorporating compression garments into your plastic surgery recovery plan, you can enhance comfort, promote healing, and achieve optimal results. At ContourMD, we offer a range of high-quality compression garments designed to support your recovery journey. Explore our collection and embark on your path to comfortable healing today!

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