Why Do You Need to Wear Compression Garments After Plastic Surgery?

If you’re considering plastic surgery of any kind, naturally, you research everything about it. Well, when it comes to recovery, wearing a compression garment is one of the best things you can do. Often, your plastic surgeon will advise you to wear a compression garment. But why? Keep reading to find why you need to wear a compression garment after plastic surgery. 

What is a Compression Garment?

You might think of stockings when you hear compression garments. But, your post-surgery compression garment is a high-tech piece of clothing that is specifically made to enhance your recovery and results. 

The garments come in all shapes and sizes and are usually made from fabrics like nylon or lycra. They are available for almost every part of the body. You can get all different types of compression garments for men and women, including ultra-supportive bras, girdles, bodysuits and more. From breast augmentation and liposuction to tummy tucks and Brazilian butt lifts, you can find a compression garment to suit a ton of different procedures. 

1 week after abdominal liposuction and a mini tummy tuck.

At Harley Clinic, we advise our patients to wear compression garments after surgery to enhance the healing process.  

Plastic Surgery Recovery: Why Do You Need to Wear a Compression Garment?

So, why are compression garments part of the post-surgery recovery process?

Well, they offer a three-dimension stretch to support the surgery site. It has a few jobs to perform. Firstly, compression garments direct subcutaneous fluids to be reabsorbed by the body. Having constant pressure on the operated tissue helps to reduce fluid build-up. This minimises post-operation swelling and bruising. 

In addition to this, the garment helps to speed up recovery and improve your overall results. The less swelling you experience, the quicker you will start to see the results of your procedure. Without the compression, your body will take longer to reabsorb excess fluid, and post-surgery swelling may linger for longer than needed. 

Compression is a major part of plastic surgery recovery. It can make a surprisingly big difference in your surgery outcome. The importance of your compression garment cannot be emphasised enough. While the main focus is on your surgery and your results, your compression garment will be your post-surgery best friend. 

It’s no secret that compression garments aren’t the most attractive piece of clothing you will ever wear. However, the benefits of comfort and results far exceed any downsides. 

Brazilian Butt Lift patient 4 weeks post-op.

How Should a Compression Garment Feel?

Your compression garment should feel snug but not too tight. Although it can take a little while to adjust to the sensation, the garment isn’t meant to put excessive pressure on the surgical site. An ill-fitting garment may contribute to surface contour irregularities. That’s why it’s so crucial that your garment is snug but not excessively tight. 

In general, you should expect to wear your compression garment for several weeks. Naturally, this depends on the type of surgery you have. Some procedures have much longer recovery timelines. Your surgeon will advise you on your recovery process, so you know how long to wear your garment. The bottom line is that the more you wear it, the more effective it will be.

Advantages of compression garments we provide

We provide our patients with compression garments for each stage of their recovery. They have a number of advantages and are premium quality:

  1. Superior stretch – the fabric stretches 250% of its original length
  2. 3D stretch with controlled, consistent and targeted compression – reducing swelling, bruising and pain, improve smoothness and tautness of the skin, protect the surgical site and  improve skin retraction.
  3. Moisture wicking, cooling and breathable fabrics 
  4. Antimicrobial protection with active silver to neutralise harmful agents

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