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?
Wearing Compression Garment After Tumescent Liposuction?
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Compression garment after tumescence liposuction and liposculpting with #DrMarcDuPere #Toronto plastic surgeon
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!
Dr. Marc DuPere, Toronto plastic surgeon
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Compression Garment after SAL
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.
Compression garments speed up recovery after liposuction
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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You should ask your surgeon about this, however I generally recommend patients wear their compression garment day and night for 3 weeks then another 3 weeks during the day only. Reduce salt intake and drink plenty of fluids to encourage going to the washroom regularly. This can help.
Compression Garments Following Liposuction
Patients who undergo tumescent liposuction can expect swelling and discomfort following this procedure. In an effort to decrease swelling, most surgeons utilize compression garments in the post- operative period. Although each patient should be considered individually, we generally recommend three to four weeks of compression following liposuction.
Compression minimizes swelling and decreases post-operative pain. It helps to remodel the soft tissue by collapsing tunnels created by the liposuction cannula during the procedure. Compression contributes significantly to the contour improvement seen with this procedure.
Swelling and water retention following tumescent liposuction can be reduced with compression massage, exercise and low salt diets. These maneuvers ultimately improve the post-operative experience by minimizing swelling and discomfort following this procedure.
Compression garments after liposuction
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.
Wearing compression garment after liposuction
I generally advise my patients to wear the compression garment for 6 weeks after liposuction. I am also a big fan of lymphatic drainage massage to help decrease swelling, but I advise speaking with your surgeon to get his or her recommendations.
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