Wearing Your Compression Garment after Surgery

What You Need to Know About Wearing Your Compression Garment after Surgery


After undergoing plastic surgery in Charleston, SC it is crucial to wear your compression garment after surgery to achieve optimum results.  It may not seem like a big deal to go without a compression garment. However, it is significant to your end results after Tummy Tuck surgery and/or Liposuction surgery.


What is a Compression Garment?


A compression garment can be compared to the popular Spanx or girdles. Plastic surgeons in Charleston, SC usually require that their patients wear these garments 24 hours a day, except during baths or showers for the first few weeks after surgery for the best possible results.


What Will a Compression Garment Do for Me?


In order to get your new body shape to heal properly in a smooth and even manner, you must wear a compression garment to prevent bumps and lumps from forming during your recovery. The fluid from your capillaries and blood vessels will leak into your tissues post-op, and it can interfere with your ability to heal properly. The leaking fluid can also lead to fluid accumulation which causes infection, inflammation, and wound separation. That is why wearing your compression garment after surgery is so important to prevent complications such as seromas.


How Should My Compression Garment Fit Me?


You want to stay away from compression garments that do not fit properly. Garments that do not have a shoulder strap or have the shape of an abdominal binder or band run the risk of moving around and creating rolls. You want to avoid depressions or indentations in your final result along with cutting off circulation after Tummy Tuck surgery which will lead to problems with your healing phase.


In a nutshell, you should make sure that you get the appropriate compression garment, and you must make sure it fits properly. Wearing your compression garment after surgery will produce the best results possible. If you would like more information on the best practice before and after Liposuction or Tummy Tuck surgery in the Charleston, SC area, please contact our office today to book a consultation.

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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