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?
Gynecomastia Surgery Compression Garment. How Tight Should it Be?
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Compression Garment after Gynecomastia
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.
Compression Garments Should Fit Snugly Following Gynecomastia Surgery
In an effort to facilitate wound healing following breast reduction surgery, compression garments are frequently utilized. Compression garments should fit snugly, but should not fit tightly, because this can potentially damage the underlying skin. Compression following surgery helps minimize swelling, decreases hematoma formation, decreases post-operative pain and controls skin contraction.
In most cases compression garments are worn for four to six weeks. It’s important to remember that post-operative care needs to be individualized for each patient. In some cases, compression may be required for longer than anticipated, while in others it can be discontinued early.
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Compression Garments after Gynecomastia/Male Breast Reduction Surgery Guidelines
I recommend my patients wear their garments for a minimum of 3 weeks if not a lot of redundant skin following liposuction male breast reduction to a maximum of 6 weeks. To be effective the garment needs to fit snug but not too tight as to cause pressure problems (inspect your skin if discomfort and when skin is exposed), or prevent you from sleeping. As the edema resolves it is common for patients to switch to a smaller garment that fits - A Spanx type garment would work rather than ordering one or paying more at your doctor;'s office.
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Reduction) by liposuction requires compression garments for three main reasons:
- it restricts the amount of edema that forms and hastens its resolution by mechanical pressure
- It decreases the amount of bruising
- It assists the loose skin in retracting or shrinking
Compression Garment After Gynecomastectomy
I have all of my gynecomasectomy (or male breast reduction) patients wear compression garments for a few weeks after surgery. We measure patients to decide on the proper size and I put the garment on in the OR. It probably cannot be too tight unless it interferes with respirations.
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