Compression garments are an essential part of liposuction recovery. They are worn to help reduce swelling, prevent fluid accumulation, and speed up the healing process.
Compression garments come in many styles, shapes, and sizes. You should always consult your doctor before purchasing a garment, as they can vary significantly in effectiveness. The best garments are made from elastic materials (such as Spanks), which will provide optimal compression without causing any discomfort or pain.
But the most important thing to remember is that you should never wear these garments if they are too tight or uncomfortable!
Here we discuss the benefits of Spanx Compression garments in the post-liposuction period.
Why are Compression Garments Worn after Liposuction?
Compression garments are worn after liposuction to help the body’s natural healing process.
Liposuction is a procedure that removes excess fat from the body, and it can be very effective. However, when it comes to healing, your body needs to do most of the work.
Your skin is your largest organ, and there will be a lot more skin after liposuction than usual. This extra skin can be uncomfortable, especially if you’re still swollen from surgery. Compression garments help alleviate this discomfort by holding everything in place so that your new shape can begin forming naturally.
Who Should Wear Compression Garments after Surgery?
Patients who have undergone a body contouring procedure, including abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, Brazilian butt lift (BBL), and a Brachioplasty (arm lift), may benefit from wearing compression garments.
Compression garments help reduce swelling, bruising, and inflammation after surgery. The garments help improve blood circulation by applying pressure on the underlying tissue while holding the skin in place. Compression garments are usually worn for around two weeks after surgery and are usually removed when you return home from the hospital or clinic.
Several factors can determine whether or not you need compression garments after your procedure:
- The type of procedure you had performed
- Your overall health before surgery
- Your anatomy
If you have pain or discomfort after surgery without wearing compression garments, speak with your doctor about getting some support undergarments while you heal!
How Long Should You Wear Compression Garments?
After your surgery, you will typically wear your compression garment for three to four weeks following its completion. After that, you should be able to reduce wear time by six to eight weeks.
Compression garments will have to be worn for as long as necessary as prescribed by your doctor or surgeon, but general guidelines are included here to help you plan your rehabilitation.
For the first month of recovery, you need to wear your compression garment full-time for three to four weeks.
Second & Third Month
You should cut back on wearing time by roughly six to eight weeks following the first month.
Swelling from surgery may last for a few weeks to months, so compression garments are typically worn for a more extended period afterward.
Compression Garments Help Reduce Swelling
Compression garments are designed to help reduce swelling, which can be a problem after liposuction. They also help improve the appearance of your skin by smoothing out any lumps or bumps that occur during the recovery process. Many people who have had liposuction find that wearing compression garments after surgery helps them feel more comfortable during their recovery period.
Swelling is a common side effect of liposuction, and it can be painful and uncomfortable. Compression garments are designed to minimize this swelling and give you the best results possible. They help reduce swelling by applying pressure to your skin and muscles, encouraging blood flow back to the heart, and reducing fluid retention in your tissue.
They also help flatten your tummy, improve your posture, and make you feel more confident about your body.
Compression Garments Can Decrease Bruising
Compression garments are a staple of liposuction, and many plastic surgeons offer them as part of their post-operative care. And they are a great way to help reduce bruising after liposuction. They can also help with pain management and post-operative care. Compression garments work by gently pressing against the skin, which helps push fluid out of the tissue under your skin. As the fluid is pushed out, it takes any blood that has leaked out of small blood vessels during surgery. This helps reduce swelling, bruising, and pain, which are common after liposuction.
But please note that compression garments are not a substitute for pain medication prescribed by your doctor. They do not prevent or treat an infection.
Compression Garments Can Shape Your Final Results
Compression garments, such as Spanx and other body shapers, can help you get the most out of your cosmetic surgery. They are worn during and after liposuction to gently squeeze the excess fat cells out of the treatment area. This helps to minimize swelling and bruising and improves tissue definition by encouraging your body to hold on to the remaining fat cells in that area.
Compression garments will also help with any swelling due to fluid retention in your skin and lymphatic system. The pressure from the garment prevents your body from storing excess fluids, keeping it from building up in places like your legs or arms. The result is smoother-looking skin after liposuction.
The compression garment should be worn until all swelling has subsided—usually about two weeks after liposuction—and can be worn for about six weeks after surgery if necessary for pain management or post-surgical comfort. (1)
What are the Risks Compression Garment may Pose
A compression garment may pose a health risk. The most common side effect is the formation of an unsightly and uncomfortable rash at the site where the garment meets your skin. This can be minimized by using a good quality lotion or cream and by wearing loose-fitting clothing over your garment.
Consult your doctor immediately if you experience any itching, redness, blisters, or other unusual reactions.
Some people have reported experiencing muscle cramps while wearing compression garments, mainly if they have not been used to wearing them before. (2)
If you feel any pain or discomfort while wearing a compression garment, remove it immediately and consult your doctor.
How Compression Garments Should Be Worn
A compression garment should be worn immediately after liposuction. It should be worn continuously until the swelling subsides and the skin returns to its normal state. At this point, you may switch to a lighter garment that is worn intermittently during the day.
You can wear your compression garments under your regular clothes, but it’s best to wear them over a sports bra or other support garment so that they don’t irritate your skin or rub against it.
The garments should fit snugly but comfortably, without causing any discomfort. They should not be too tight or too loose; you should be able to easily fit two fingers between your skin and the garment. You should feel comfortable when you put it on, and there shouldn’t be any pinching or pulling of skin or tissue. If there is discomfort, take off your garment immediately!
If you need to adjust your garments while wearing them, do so only once every hour (and no more than twice).
(1) pain management – https://www.drugs.com/article/pain-management.html
(2) muscle cramps – https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/muscle-cramp/symptoms-causes/syc-20350820
Dr Beldholm – Body Contouring Surgeon
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