Can I Stop Wearing my Compression Garment After Lipo on Flanks?

I had breast augmentation and smart lipo on my flanks, 200cc's removed on each side. I've barely felt anything from the lipo, but have quite a bit of swelling from the breasts. I would LOVE to take off my compression garment as it's the only annoyance I have at this time. I will be 3 weeks post op tomorrow. Do you think it's ok to stop wearing it?

Doctor Answers 9

Wearing compression garment after liposuction

After a liposuction, wearing a compression garment can help decrease bruising and discomfort.  the garment can also help in longer term shaping.  Although different patients can heal at different rates, I usually suggest patients wear the compress garment for 4 to 6 weeks.  Some patients have found it to be helpful to wear them ever a little longer.  Best wishes.

San Jose Plastic Surgeon
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When Can I Stop Compression Garments

How long does a #CompressionGarment need to be worn to help after #Liposuction? For most, my patients wear garments for 3 wks day and night then 3 additional weeks for half a day.
If you have had suction of the knees, thigh, or abdomen, the doctor will have put on a compression garment at the end of the surgery. The extra pressure this garment provides helps reduce swelling and discomfort. You should not remove this garment at all until the second or third day after surgery. After that, feel free to remove the garment temporarily for laundering. We want you to have circumferential pressure for 4-6 weeks, but you may switch to an exercise garment (Lycra or Spandex) whenever it feels comfortable to slip it on or off, as you will have to do so in order to go to the bathroom. See the below link for a more fuller explanation and general advice. See your surgeon for specific advice.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction of 200 cc from Flanks and Compression Garment

  The compression garment is recommended by most plastic surgeons for a period of 4 to 6 weeks after  liposuction.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Post Op Liposuction - Compression Garment

Thank you for your question. I would continue wearing the garment especially if there's still swelling involved. It will give you the best result. I hope this helps.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Can I Stop Wearing my Compression Garment After Lipo on Flanks?

Thank you for the question. This is not at all an uncommon question. If a surgeon closes the incisions, as I do, the patients will typically wear their compression garments for at least 6 weeks post operatively as the tumescent solution that remains after suctioning is left "trapped" beneath the skin. The garments are used to keep the swelling down and help in the absorption of this remaining fluid under the skin.

Some surgeons will use what is known as the "open-drainage technique" in which the skin incisions are not closed. In these patients the garments are worn for an additional 24 hours after the drainage stops. This is usually in the range of 3 to 6 days.

In either case it is best to have this discussion with your surgeon. I hope this helps. Good luck.

Compression garments after liposuction

Almost all plastic surgeons recommend the use of compression garments after liposuction.  However, the length of time to wear is very surgeon dependent as well as procedure dependent.  I usually recommend that patients use compression garments for 4-6 weeks after surgery.  It does really help keep swelling down.  Check with your surgeon on his/her recommendations.

Naveen Setty, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction and garments

Every surgeon is a bit different in terms of garment instructions. Some do not even recommend its use.  I refer patients to wear it a minimum of 3 weeks. Best to check with your doctor.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction and garments

It is extremely important to wear a compression garment after liposuction to keep swelling down. Every surgeon has a different protocol. You should check with yours. I recommend wearing a compression garment for 6 weeks after liposuction. But you also had an augmentation, if the garment is effecting the augmentation consult with your surgeon.

Compression garment after liposuction

Compression garments are routinely needed to minimize swelling after liposuction. It's best to check with your plastic surgeon for guidance on when to stop wearing compression

Stanley Okoro, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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