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Compression Garment Vs. Binder

I am one week post mini-tummy tuck and very happy, but the compression garments they gave me go from my knees to my chest. They told me today I need to wear it for 2-3 more weeks. They also said they just order a standard garment that will work for different kinds of patients. So I started looking around the net for garments that are not so massive. I found many that are not so large and I also found binders. Since I have had no leg work done can I get a smaller garment? Is just a binder OK?

Doctor Answers (5)

Binder vs. Garment - Which is Better?


In general, you want compression in the ares that have been worked on.  For an abdominoplasty, that generally includes the lower pubic region as well, since there can be some swelling and edema in the mons region after surgery.  Some binders cover the entire area, while others do not.  Compression garments are nice because they are generally thinner material than a binder, but still as strong.  I would experiment and see how a binder covers everything.  If it covers the necessary areas, then it should be fine.  Of course, check with your surgeon first just to make sure it is ok with them.  I hope this helps.

Barrington Plastic Surgeon
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Mini Tummy Tuck


The larger garments have extra size so they can stabilize the other locations, and the garment will not migrate.  A binder will migrate.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Garments post-tummy tuck surgery


I recommend following the post-op care instructions of your surgeon to ensure the best result possible. I provide my patients with abdominal binders, followed by compression garments and ask them to wear it for 1 month to aid in the healing process and minimize swelling.

On this site, I do my best to give advice without a physical examination but I want you to know that a physical examination by a board certified physician is always the best way to get the most accurate information.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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If you did not have any liposuction, typically a binder that covers the entire area treated, including the pubic area (remember, the surgery goes well beyond where the incision is) should be satisfactory.

However, please do not make any changes without speaking with your surgeon -- only they know exactly the surgery they did, and the best way to manage it.

Give their office a call and tell them that the garment they gave you isn't working for you.  I'm sure they will be happy to find something that works better for you.

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