Gynecomastia Surgery Compression Garment. How Tight Should it Be?

Hi! I had gynecomastia surgeryliposuction on my chest 3 weeks ago. And i was wondering how tight should the compression garment be and how long should i wear the compression garment? I felt that the garment i had was not giving be so much compression(became loose), so now i am using two compression vests' to get more tightness. Does extra tight compression give better final results and is it safe?

Doctor Answers (9)

Compression Garment after Gynecomastia

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Thank you for your question.

I ask my patients to wear a compression garment after this procedure for 3-4 weeks after surgery.  My staff measures the patient and I put the garment on while the patient is in the operating room.

It should fit snug but not too tight to cause discomfort.

Call your surgeon's office and follow their instructions as they know your history the best.

Best wishes.


San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Compression garments help give a smoother contour and better final result

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I recommend for my gynecomastia liposuction patients to wear their compression garments for 4 weeks.  The purpose of the garment is to compress the tissues during early healing, which helps prevent fluid collections from forming and leads to a smoother final result. 

I like the Veronique brand and the style # 640 adjustable compression vest which has 3 levels of tightness. 

As the  swelling goes down, you can tighten the vest accordingly.  I also recommend that patients wear a comfortable t-shirt under the vest. 


I hope this is helpful.  Good luck!

David F. Pratt, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
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Gynecomastia Surgery Compression Garment. How Tight Should it Be?

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Firm compression is helpful in decreasing post operative swelling.  However, overly tight compression may cause skin necrosis.  Be careful and communicate with your surgeon.

John T. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FICS
Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

John Nguyen, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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