Body Contouring Surgery and Compression Garments

Recovery from plastic surgery, whether it’s liposuction or a facelift, is one of the important components to consider in planning for a procedure. The things you do (and avoid!) during recovery will dictate whether or not you will achieve your desired outcomes from the procedure of your choice. In body contouring surgeries like a tummy tuck, liposuction, and thigh lift, wearing compression garments during recovery is extremely important.

What are compression garments?

Compression garments are similar to a girdle or Spanx. It is recommended the patient wear compression garments for two weeks after a body-contouring procedure such as liposuction or a tummy tuck. As the name implies, these gaments provide compression or external pressure into the incision site.

Why do I need to wear compression garments?

Wearing compression garments accelerates healing and encourages the body to adapt quickly to its new contours. It also helps reduce swelling by stopping the leakage of fluids into the surrounding blood vessels.

Not all compression garments are created equal, though. The importance of using only well-fitting compression garments cannot be overstated. Ill-fitting compression garments can potentially create indentations or depressions resulting in poor-looking outcomes. Additionally, poorly fitting compression garments can increase the risk complications and further delay healing.

Planning for a body-contouring procedure at Dr. Malamet’s practice also involves a thorough discussion of the essentials during recovery. Our staff can help you find well-fitting compression garments. Call us at 818.380.3130.

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