Stages of Compression Garments

Compression with Compassion

ContourMD® is the leading and premier source of compression garments.

We have more than 30 years of experience in the medical industry of post-surgical compression garments.

We are proud to offer high-quality compression garments with insightful features to achieve optimal results in less time during the recovery process, while also reducing unwanted side effects and risks. The compression garments at ContourMD® fit every defined curve and subtle contour of the body, giving patients complete comfort and relaxation after surgery.


During the first stage of ContourMD® Healing Garments, the average recommended duration of wearing compression garments is around two to four weeks

You should wear your compression garment at all times, except to bathe. But even after showering you should immediately put your compression garment back on. This is because when you remove your garment, your body will begin to expand from fluid entering the surgical area.

They also require hand laundering and air drying, so getting a second compression garment is definitely a wise decision. Overall, this phase helps reduce the overall swelling and maintains an even contour.

The most common type of liposuction procedure known as tumescent liposuction is a good example, where tumescent fluid is injected into the body while performing the surgery. It helps loosen the fat cells, making it easier for plastic surgeons to liposuction the fat from the targeted areas of your body. The first stage post-operative garment assists with the open drainage process to help drain out the tumescent fluid from the body, which lessens the patients bruising and swelling, and optimizes the healing process. Most of this is done within the first 24 hours after surgery. Keep in mind that with the drainage tubes in place, there will be fluid coming out of these tubes. It is important to keep things clean, sterile and as dry as possible.


When your first stage of recovery is finished, you will progress to the second stage ContourMD® Recovery Garments.

These garments have additional inner compression panels, which provides greater compression to ensure proper skin retraction and tissue adherence. During this stage, your body will not create as much fluid at the surgical site, and as a result, you can limit the amount of time you wear your compression garment.

The additional changes in your second stage garment may include a closed crotch and the removal of zippers and hook and eye closures. This phase could last around two to four more weeks or more.


During the third stage of ContourMD® Everyday Garments, your body’s new contours and definitions will be more visible.

Even though each individual varies and everyone heals at a different rate, post-operative swelling can last for a few months. So it may be necessary to still wear a compression garment. Most patients wear third stage garments, also known as shape wear to achieve and maintain their desired look.

Our goal at ContourMD® is for you to ‘Recover in Comfort’. The comfort, adequate tightness, quality construction and garment design are significant when choosing your compression garment, which is why ContourMD® only uses high-quality material and proper levels of compression for each garment. They are designed to mold your body into a contoured, hourglass shape without sacrificing comfort. Since compression garments must be worn for a lengthy period of time, ContourMD® has designed its garments for elegance and good hygiene.

Why compression garments?

Following your cosmetic procedure or immediately after surgery, you are usually placed in a compression garment.

These garments come in all sizes and styles to accommodate every type of procedure.

The surgery performed will determine which post-operative compression garment you will need.

The time-frame garments are worn or how to wear your compression garment all depends on the extent of the surgery, the patient’s recovery and the surgeon’s preference. All plastic surgery procedures trigger the body’s natural healing process. The efficient and proper use of  compression garments are one of the best ways to contour and shape the sleek physique that you hope to achieve.

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