How Do You Determine Proper Fit for Compression Garments & What Are the Consequences for Coming out of One Too Early?

I want to know what standard measure is there for the fit. They are suposed to be tight but what is "tight" and what is "too tight". What are the consequences for coming out of the garment too early?

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Compression garments following surgery.

Sizing of compression garments is done preoperatively during the consultation. The garments should be tight enough to prevent fluid collections and to minimize shearing of the operative sites. They should feel snug, but they should not cause pain. Creases and folds should be minimized as they can cause damage underneath. In the first few weeks after surery, they are very important to minimize swelling and improve the early scar formation. After about a month, they can help with long-term contouring but if taken off, are unlikely to result in issues such as seromas.

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Compression garments

Most of the better companies will have service reps who can help you if you are ordering on your own. We have out nurse take your measurements and order accordingly. The garment should fit snug but not tight that it causes indentations. I have my patients wear the garment for three weeks after lipo and six weeks after tummy tuck.

Compression garment fit

We measure the patient and then try to select a garment that fits their body shape and offers the appropriate amount of postop compression.  The garment should not feel like a strait-jacket but if it is too loose, will not provide the adequate compression.  In the first few days after surgery, when the swelling is at its peak, the garment should be tight and loosen after that.  Frequently, I provide patients with a second garment if the initial swelling stretches the garment so that it doesn't provide the necessary amount of compression afterwards.  Patients are switch into a compressive panty like Spanxx after two weeks but should continue to wear a compression garment for about a month.  If you are attending a special event, there is no harm in removing it for a few hours but, having invested time, money and effort into surgery, you want to follow the postop regimen to achieve the best possible result. 

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New York Plastic Surgeon
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