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My Compression Garment Keeps Riding Up over my Incision. Should I Be Worried About This?

I just had a full tummy tuck on Nov. 11, 2010. My doctor said to keep my incision covered with the binder, but it rides up every time I move. It is really stressing me out.

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Don't be Too Worried about Your Garment and Tummy Tuck Incision


In general, you want your compression garment over your tummy tuck incision.  You may have more swelling than usual, the garment may be too small, or you may be wearing it incorrectly.  I would recommend seeing your plastic surgeon to make sure your garment fits, and if it does not, then get a new one or larger one.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Compression binder riding up


Yes,this does happen on occasion. You may need a different size binder or to be re-wrapped by your surgeon. We want the binder to fit correctly so it can do its job.  Don't stress.  Call your plastic surgeon and see him in followup so he can assess the situation and correct it.

Robert L. Kraft, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Binder issues


Yes, binders tend to ride up a bit in some individuals depending upn the type of garment being used and how the patient is sitting or moving. It can be adjusted or you can also reinforce the incision with some dressings.  Check with your doctor.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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