Resources and Information on Plastic Surgery Post Op Preparedness – Garments
Plastic surgery is a big deal. If you’ve been waiting for an elective surgery and the date is coming up, 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. This is completely normal, as everyone experiences things differently. Your surgeon will explain all the pre and post-op requirements, how you might feel, things to look out for, etc. but 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 but also pre-op by providing the necessary information and answering any questions you may have. Most likely, your surgeon has recommended (or at least mentioned) that there will be a few garments required to wear after your surgery.
So, what do you need to know about your post-op plastic surgery garments? The main thing you need to know is that post-op plastic surgery recovery garments are designed to help you recover more comfortably while speeding up the recovery process, so they are very important. There are different categories of garments, which we will outline here:
Compression garments are exactly what they sound like ─ they are designed to apply pressure or a uniform “compression” to the surrounding area that has been operated on in order to speed the healing process. They can help speed up healing by improving the circulation and blood flow to that area, because you probably won’t feel like moving much in the days following your surgery. For example, if you’re scheduled for a tummy tuck, you’ll likely be recommended to wear an abdominal binder post-surgery. This puts pressure on your abdomen, ensuring your body heals in the shape you want it to, while avoiding 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 are designed to help with this and should be worn at all times. Remember to follow the instructions that your surgeon provides as they know what’s best for your recovery since they’ve been working with you directly.
Breast Augmentation Aids
When recovering from a breast operation of any kind, you will want to reduce the likelihood of scarring while ensuring a proper and comfortable healing process. What helps with this is post-op silicone scar sheets. These are designed to rest along the lines where you want to minimize the potential scarring. In addition, there are many surgical and compression bras available. As we just learned above, 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, impolants, or lifts.
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, but this should give you a general overview of what’s required post-op. Healing after liposuction is about a 4-6 week process. Throughout this process you’ll likely wear at least 2 different compression garments. The first garment, worn in Stage 1 of recovery (weeks 1-2), is a bit bulkier and provides the maximum level of compression and support. The second garment, worn in Stage 2 of recovery (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 really ensure they achieve their desired results. Compression throughout liposuction recovery not only provides an aesthetic benefit, but it also keeps your organs from moving while supporting your muscles and reducing liquid pooling, because they keep your circulation up. Again, you’ll want to work directly with your surgeon to ensure your desired results are achieved. They’ll help monitor your recovery and will recommend different tactics depending on your unique situation.
Plastic Surgery Post Op Garments Overview
Plastic surgery post op garments at ContourMD have all been designed specifically for patients who have undergone a specific type of surgery. We would be happy to assist you with things like sizing, finding the right garment, or answering any questions about the garments. These garments may even be suitable for patients undergoing other surgeries including hysterectomy or breast reconstruction after mastectomy, not just aesthetic plastic surgery. We know this is an exciting (but sometimes stressful) time for you! 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. Many depend on the type of surgery you’re receiving and on your body’s capabilities. Your recovery could be quick and painless, or it could be more uncomfortable and boring… 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.