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Please help me with info on the best compression garment to buy?

  • mynewstart 314
  • 3 years ago

After the corset the surgeon gives you and it is time for the "stage 2" garment...(what does stage 2 mean anyway), what brand and where to buy? What did you like the best? I'm having TT with flank lipo...is the garment any different if you had lipo as well? Any feedback would be truly appreciated! Thanks my TT sisters :)

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Linda, it wasn't the Spanx that caused the swelling, but it was just not easy to get into, and I swelled anyway.

I have the lower ab swelling later in the day, regardless of what I wear. I just found though, that with Spanx or control panty, I had a tight, swollen, uncomfortable feeling in the lower part.

When I put the binder back on, it kind of held it in, and supported the whole abdomen. It just felt so much better.

I think when I go back to work Thurs - Sat this week, I will wear the control panty, as it fits best under my clothing. I will continue to wear the binder at home though. Actually, I bought a pair of elastic back waist cord pants yesterday, and I think I may be able to fit the binder under them. If so, I'll wear it with a loose-fitting top, and see how Thursday goes, before deciding what to wear on Fri and Sat.
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I have the hide and sleek high rise panty and that is what I swelled from yesterday. However, today is a new day and maybe other factors were playing into my sweeling besides that. We shall see.
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Yea, I just got back from a little shopping with my binder on and I am really swollen. If I am going to swell either way, then I am going to just wear tight cami's and forget the whole spanx thing. I am surprised how uncomfortable i am at 3 weeks post op. I think I was in denial about this recovery thing.
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Country Gal, your post could not have come at a better time for me. I too have been wearing my Spanx but only for about 4 days. I noticed today that my lower abdomen was swollen, something I had not experienced at all since I had my tummy tuck, and have been searching all over this site to see if I had torn a muscle repair or something. So, you too became swollen in the lower abdomena after wearing your spanx?? I am back to my compression garment and feel totally different. I have a large rib cage and the spanx seems to cinche me there and push everything downwards. If I have misread your post, let me know.
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I too am having the swollen lower abdomen. The only spanx that don't seem to bind under the rib cage is the hide and sleek high rise panty, but you have to order it from the spanx site. I swell at night with the binder or the spanx, so I wear the spanx until about 4:00 and then change to the binder, because once I swell it i hard to sit in a high compression garment without it feeling like I can't breath. Have ya'll had any nerve pain? I am almost 4 weeks and it feels like I have a sunburn underneath my skin.
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I stopped wearing my binder after the PS said I didn't need it, on Tuesday.

On Thursday and Friday when I went to work, I wore a tummy control panty, and on Saturday, I wrestled into my Spanx, just to try it out.

Every evening I have been swollen and tight in the lower abdomen, very uncomfortable.

This aft, I got hubby to help me back on with my binder, and I was SO uncomfortable. Within about 15 minutes, I could no longer feel the tight swollen discomfort in the lower abdomen - it was heaven! I think I will keep wearing it, at least around home, for the next few days, and see if it helps any.
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What kind of binder was it that you wore that gave you comfort? THanks!
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Thanks for your info Twin Twin!
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Stage Two aesthetic garments and body shapers are used when the healing process has progressed to the point that a pull-down or pull-up garment can easily be fitted onto the body, usually two to three weeks post surgery. These versatile body shapers aid in healing, weight reduction and general wellness. Aesthetic garments also are used to shape the body, support targeted body sections, improve body posture, assist the healing and treatment of skin burns, and increase blood circulation. They also help reduce flabbiness and cellulite. For most of these conditions, a medical Stage One garment can be used just as well as a Stage Two; it's basically a matter of personal preference. One orthopedic surgeon says he recommends Bella-Jane compression garments "because they are adjustable". "If the garment isn't adjusted to the body," he said, "it will loose its effectiveness. This is an advantage offered by Bella-Jane. Its garments are adjustable for use in the post-operative phase."
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Thanks for sharing this Country Gal!
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ha, I do have some. Just need to get them cropped and posted.

I don't seem to be able to sit comfortably at my desk for any length of time.
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Okay, I'm back. I didn't even see a nurse today, so I did ask the doc.

He said that I didn't need the binder anymore (at 4 weeks), unless I felt comfortable still using it.

He suggested Spanx or anything similar, really anything I felt comfy with.

He DID say though, that since by this point, the swelling, etc. is below the belly button, that I don't really need a full girdle or garment.

He suggested I try even a pair of running shorts or other snug shorts with spandex in them. They only need be snug, but not digging in anywhere, such as the waistband. I have a couple of pairs of these, so will try them before buying anything. They are lightweight enough to wear under most anything.

When I feel I need more, such as support in the upper ab, I can wear my binder.
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Thanks for this info. I had on a spanx today and it was fine until I went out to dinner tonight. I was sitting down and with the evening swelling it got tighter and tighter until I couldn't stand it anymore. I had to go to the bathroom and take it off. I am 3 weeks and see the PS tomorrow, so I am going to ask him if I can just go without one. I'm completely flat in the A.M, but quite swollen at night. Sounds like you are doing well. Where the heck are your pics?
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I have a Spanx from before. Quite frankly, it was hard to get into when I could move easily. I can't imagine trying to wiggle into it with a sore tummy.

I am going to my PS today for a follow up (I'm nearly 4 weeks out), and the nurse is going to show me some samples of suggested garments to use after the binder. I will post here what I find out, later today.
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Thank you very much Country Gal! I will look forward to reading it!
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Thanks! 13 and a half days to go!
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Hello! Before my TT, I had never owned a Spanx item either and I never understood what the big deal was. Now I love my Spanx post op. BUT it took me forever to find the right one for me and then as I healed, I had to get smaller sizes. It's definitely a journey.

Thank you SO much for your compliments. Best wishes!!
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Barbie wore the spanx garment you suggested for the first time today. Very good choice. Thanks!
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So glad you like that style! Took me forever to find one that's smooth & fits perfectly under form fitting clothes. It's definitely my fav.
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Are we allowed to post particular style? Spanx has a bunch of diff lines, or styel names. I know everyone is diff in their likes/dislikes, but could you let me know which one it is that you like that is working for you ladies? Thanks :-)
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I like the hide and sleek high waisted panty because it don't have legs in it and it is medium control, so not so binding. It is very true to size also as the others I have tried seemed to be too small no matter what size I ordered. You do have to order those from the spanx site. Hope this helps. If you get lipo I know some of the PS would rather you wear one with some leg compression, which this one does not have.
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The "Hide & Sleek" high waisted style is the exact one I love! I was only able to find it on the Spanx official website too. I think it's perfect and feels great.
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This helps, thank you Acworthmom :-)
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Ok, great to know this is the one you like as well Barbie! :-)
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What size did you get? 5'u 140 lbs. according to chart I should get medium but maybe go up to a large to b more comfy?
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