Do I need to wear a compression garment after a tummy tuck?
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Compression after tummy tucks
It sounds like you have had a great result.
Surgeons often have differing views on things like post operative plans, often because there is a wide range of answers that will work fine.
In my mind, compression helps keep the abdominal skin flap down on the muscles, so helps it stick down properly. This pressure should also reduce the risk of fluid collections (seromas) in this space and help force out the fluid (oedema) in the surrounding areas. If you've had liposuction as part of your procedure, the pressure will help collapse down the fat so that it heals in an even layer.
We know that soft tissues (skin, fat, muscle) take 6-8 weeks to heal of roost people, so I ask my patients to wear compression for at least 6 weeks.
I hope that helps you understand my thoughts on compression after tummy tuck surgery.
Dr Gavin Sandercoe
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I ask my patients to wear some type of compression garment for at least four weeks following abdominoplasty (tummy tuck.)
The garment give patients some needed temporary support; it helps the swelling resolve sooner; and it can help prevent a fluid collection (seroma) beneath the skin.