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How Long Should You Wear Compression Garment and Support Bra for Mommy Makeover?

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How long do you wear support garments?

A mommy makeover usually involves a tummy tuck combined with breast lift, augmentation or both. Different surgeons have different preferences, so you should follow your doctor's guidelines. In general, compression garments are recommended for 1 to 2 months after a tummy tuck to promote healing. After a few weeks, your surgeon may have you taper down your use of the garment and allow you to wear it only at night. Surgical bras for breast enhancement are recommended for several weeks, and some doctors also approve their patients to wear sports bras. If you have any questions during your healing process, your doctor should be able to clear you for different kinds of garments as time passes, either over the phone or during follow-up appointments. Good luck in your recovery!

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Should You Wear Compression Garment and Support Bra for Mommy Makeover?

Different PSs have different view on this. You need to follow your plastic surgeon's recommendations. We tell our patients to wear their compression garments at all times for about 8-10 weeks. After 10 weeks, the patient can wear the garment as much as they can for another 6 weeks. The patients will be evaluated every 4 weeks and the recommendation may change based on the patient's healing status. Our patients wear a sports bra for about 8 weeks and after that they can wear any type of bra they like. Good luck.

B. Kalantarian, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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How Long to Wear Compression Garments After Mommy Makeover?

Most Plastic Surgeons want their patients to wear the compression garment for the Tummy Tuck for several weeks after surgery.  This will depend on the healing process.  As for the breast surgery, a surgical bra is recommended for weeks after a breast lift and breast reduction.  Many cases, patients are not required to wear a surgical garment after breast augmentation.  Your Plastic Surgeon will provide this information in the recovery period.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Should You Wear Compression Garment and Support Bra

As always, the best advice will come from your own surgeon, who knows what was done and who has followed your recovery.

Most surgeons suggest about 4-6 weeks of compression.  Many patients like the support especially after TT and wear the garment even longer. 

All the best. 

Mommy Makeover Garments

   Dear recoff,  Length of time varies amongst surgeons, but most of us ask our patients to wear garments anywhere from 3-6 weeks. If you are unsure, ask your surgeon.

Douglas L. Gervais, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Compression garment after surgery

This can vary from patient to patient and surgeon to surgeon.  If you have any concerns then this is a conversation for you to have your plastic surgeon.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Should You Wear Compression Garment and Support Bra for Mommy Makeover?

This is best answered by the surgeon who did your surgery since a "mommy makeover' can mean different procedures (tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift, breast implants, etc) and the recommendations may be different in each case. 

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Garments after mommy make over

After a breast augmentation or breast reduction and tummy tuck, most plastic surgeons want their patients wearing the compression garment and support bra for 4-6 weeks. Many patients wear the garments longer, because the support is more comfortable than without.


Compression is very important after all forms of body reshaping procedures. i generally recommend specific compression garments for  2 weeks for 23 hours a day followed by 2 weeks at 12 hours per day. Following this, girdles and second tage garments become optional.

Timothy Fee, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy makeover compression

I like to keep the compression garment on for 5 to 6 weeks and while exercising a spans or other type compression garment based on symptoms. if you have no swelling then it is not needed after the first 5 weeks. I have found that it will help you see the results faster if you do ear the garments. I usually suggest a sports bra with mild compression for the breasts however that isn't really needed and if it causes any problems I suggest not wearing it. I like the sports bra early to avoid aggravating the scar while it is healing.

W. John Bull, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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