Wearing Compression Garment After Tumescent Liposuction?

How long should you wear compression garments? I am having a lot of swelling if I don't wear one. Its been 19 days since the procedure. What should I do to decrease swelling and water retention?

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Compression garment after tumescence liposuction and liposculpting with #DrMarcDuPere #Toronto plastic surgeon

Thank you for your question regarding tumescence liposuction and garment.

There is no formal rule for the garment but most of us plastic surgeons recommend wearing the garment for about 4 weeks.  But you can remove it daily, starting 5-7 days post-op, for shower purposes.  That is what I do with my #Toronto patients at Visage Clinic.  It helps with the swelling and bruising and provide you with some pain control as it 'splints' the treated areas.

One has to be careful though as too tight a garment can produce permanent indentations and serious swelling beyond the garment edges.

I always provide my Toronto patients with 2 garments so you can wash one and still have one to wear.

Those garments do not go in the washing machine:  hand-wash and hang to dry.

Hope this helps!

Best regards,


Dr. Marc DuPere, Toronto plastic surgeon

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I advise my patient to wear the compression garment for 24 hours a day for the first 2 weeks after surgery and 12 hours a day for the next 2 weeks after surgery. The compression garment will help with the swelling and also with skin tightening. At this point you may look into getting lymphatic massage as the garment will probably not help much. Also, I would advise you to decrease your activity level because this can lead to more swelling during the recovery period. Good luck.

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Compression garments prevent excessive swelling right after surgery, and then work to speed up the recovery by speeding up resorption of tissue fluid (swelling).  They also help to contour the liposuctioned areas.  In addition to garments we also instruct our patients to massage all liposuctioned areas.  Initially you will have some lumps, which need to be massaged.  These lumps are a combination of swelling, scarring, and residual fat.  This needs to be massaged to smooth out.  Think of it as clay, which you want to smooth out before it dries and hardens.  We recommend that our patients continue massage for up to three months for ideal results


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I generally advise that the garment be worn day and night for 3 weeks, removing it only to shower or wash the garment. From 3 to 6 weeks, the garment should be worn during the day, but you can take it off at night. As the discomfort gradually subsides, you should begin gently massaging the treated areas. This is usually possible by day 7-10. Massage will help to decrease the swelling faster and to smooth out any irregularities. You can also reduce salt intake, drink plenty of fluids, and do light activity to keep your circulation going.

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I recommend my patients wear the compression garment day and night for the first 4 weeks, and then during the day for 2 more weeks, unless the areas treated was small.  The garment aids in controlling the swelling, assist with skin tightening, and does make it feel better. Massage can also help with controlling swelling.

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Compression garments help to control the post op swelling. I advise my patients to wear them 24x7 for 4 weeks, and for 12 hours over the next 4 weeks. Our post op protocol also involves anti inflammatory / anti edema meds for a week post op & lymphatic massage. The massage sessions are started after 7-10 days following the procedure.

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You should plan on a good six to eight weeks of use. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

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I counsel patients to wear compression 24/7 for 1 week following treatment, and then 12 hours daily for up to 1 month.  Compression does reduce swelling.  Swelling can worsen 2-4 weeks after the procedure, the skin may "harden" at that time, but will improve by 2-3 months.  This is all expected and part of the healing process.  In fact, the skin hardening or "induration" can signal good skin tightening to come.  However, prolonged swelling outside this window, redness, swelling, fever, or symptoms that seem unusual should be reported to your surgeon.

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