Help! Too compressed? How to sit?

  • ClwtrCW
  • Tampa Bay, FL
  • 2 years ago

I'm sorry if this has been asked/answered a dozen times, but I was having trouble searching the forums.  I had a breast lift, and tummy tuck with lipo on Dec. 8th, so I'm 4 days post op.  I'm a little freaked out by the swelling.  My compression garments are so tight due to swelling that I can hardly breathe at times.  It is a little better today, but seriously.. so, so tight.  Is it normal?  ALSO - is it going to hurt my results to sit upright?  Like a little bent at the waist?  I'm worried that will make some kind of weird crease in things. My doctor says "normal, normal" but I like at least 15 non-qualified opinions :)

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You are about a week behind me so I know how you feel! :-) I ventured out for the first time today for a bit and did ok, I tried to go out last Friday and started to feel bad so I went home. Today is 17 days post op and I feel significantly better. The swelling isn't horible. I don't see much of a difference from day 7. It doesn't seem to get much worse or better just staying the same. Check in with me whenever and I can tell you what to expect in the coming week :-) The days will go faster than normal with the holidays, that is what I was hoping for scheduling it this time of year. And the hope of looking much better by summer!
Hi, I was having the same problem, I am now a little over 2 weeks post op. The first week I even called my dr at 2 in the morning because I felt like I couldn't breath everything was so tight. It is normal and don't worry about the binder poking you in spots on your stomach. It got a lot better after a week and continues to get better. It is normal so don't worry. I hope you are doing better!
Thanks! I'm now 10 days and the swelling is getting a little better. I'm still feeling like a sea cow, though! I can tell things get better every day.

The forums are hard to search! We'll be giving those a facelift soon to make them easier to navigate! If your garment is too tight for you to breathe properly, you should check with your surgeon. Here's some information on how tight the garments should be. Hope this helps!