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What is the Best Underwear After Full Tt with Lipo and Flanks? Thank You

I am 3 days after full tt with lipo and flunks area. I know I'll need a special garment for 4-6 weeks. Where can I get one, and what is your recommendation? Are there any Spanx models can work for this? Thank you

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Compression garment after liposuction

Your compression garment plays a vital role in your recovery as it assists in further recontouring your body to create the shape you want it to be. If you don't wear one, you may not be happy with your results and could even increase your risk of developing complications.

The fat that is removed during your surgery creates extra space under your skin. Your body naturally fills this space with fluid, leading to swelling and possible complications. Your compression garment compresses your skin against your body so that the amount of fluid buildup is dramatically reduced. It also makes your skin follow the leaner contour of your body so that it does not sag. Wearing a compression garment can also improve your circulation and keep dressings firmly in place.

Your garment should apply constant pressure for the whole time you're wearing it, which will be 24 hours a day for three weeks. You may remove your garment only when bathing or washing it. From 3 to 6 weeks, your garment should be worn during the day only. If you have any trouble, please let us know immediately so that we may adjust it or give you another one, as a poorly fitting garment can cause complications such as lumpy or uneven skin composition, red scars and/or seromas.

When there is no further drainage from your incisions, you may find that wearing an undergarment beneath your compression garment increases comfort. This can also help prevent indentations in the skin. Should you decide to wear an undergarment, make sure that it is tightly fitted, thin, and covers the entire treated area and then some, with minimal seams. Leotards and spanx are examples of suitable undergarments.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Compression garment after tummy tuck and liposuction


You should ask your surgeon exactly what he or she prefers you to wear as I believe compression is important to the healing of liposuction.  We have our patients buy special garments from Design Veronique, but there are many brands, as well as department store Spanx.   We measure our patients and have them purchase two sizes of garments (recommending  a slighlty smaller one for the few weeks after the procedure when the swelling decreases).  We also recommend zippers to make it easier to don and a cut-out crotch so the garment can be worn during bathroom visits.  You should also have two of the same size initially so as one is soiled you can wear the other while laundering the first.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist
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Best underwear after tummy tuck


We like to transition into a Spanx Higher Power after tummy tuck, and generally ask patients to get one slightly smaller than they might otherwise wear. They are available on line and also at most major department stores, such as Nordstroms.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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There are a variety of postsurgical garments that surgeons use, and since you are postop and without a garment I assume that your surgeon doesn't favor using them at all or has a reason not to. You may want to ask your surgeon if you are supposed to have a garment or not or if this is an oversight.

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