I just had liposuction on my upper and lower abdomen and my doctor told me I have to wear the compression girdle for 3 MONTHS. I've read on-line that typically compression garments should be worn for up to a month. Why does my doctor insist on 3 months? My procedure wasn't intense as I was fairly thin before (couldn't get rid of my pouch) and I seem to be recovering well. After a month, would it be okay if I were to wear the garment at night only?
Is It Absolutely Necessary to Wear a Compression Garment for 3 Months After Liposuction?
Doctor Answers (4)
Surgical garments help in many ways, although each surgeon has different postop regiments
In your situation it sounds the liposuction was not extensive and you should be able to go without the garment after a few weeks.
However, ultimately, you should speak to your plastic surgeon who knows what he/she did and why they want you to wear it for that time period to get you the best possible results.
Martin Jugenburg, MD, FRCSC
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
How long to wear the garment after Liposuction
My recommendation for most patients is a minimum of two weeks. Compression can reduce swelling, aid in supporting the skin and evening out the shape of the body. For patients with significant swelling the garment can be worn for a longer time - usually at the patient's discretion based upon comfort.The garment should be 'comfortably' snug. Excessively tight compression is, in my opinion, not helpful and may actually be counter productive to healing. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Compression After Liposuction
In general, after four to six weeks, wearing a garment really is of no consequence. Wearing it longer than that is neither necessary nor indicated.
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