You are wise to plan for your post operative care prior to your procedure. Office policies will vary, so you should talk to your surgeon about what is included with your surgical fee. In my office we supply one post-op garment. Many of my patients purchase nursing pillows to sit on after surgery and some find it convenient to have a second garment on hand so they have one to wear while washing the other.
Unfortunately only your board certified plastic surgeon and her office staff will be able to tell you if the garment is provided or if you'll need to purchase it separately from the surgical cost.
Thank you for your question and good luck!
Melinda Lacerna, MD FACS
Garment or cushion needed?
You have a good question and it is always nice to be prepared for things
you may need right after surgery. I would discuss this with your
surgeon as different plastic surgeons will have different
recommendations for garments and cushions. It is ideal to limit
pressure as much as you can on your buttocks post surgery. But it can
be impossible to keep all pressure off the buttocks for an extended
period. Some surgeons like their patients to wear a compression garment
to help with the liposuction portion of the procedure but yet don't
want any compression to the buttock area. Compression garments are now available that have a cutout for both buttocks so the buttocks won't receive compression but the garment will still apply compression to the abdomen, flank and thighs
where liposuction may be performed. Some physicians prefer no
compression garment at all. When it comes to compression garments there
is no data that shows wearing a compression garment will effect your
long term results. It is believed by some that it may help you get
there quicker by helping to decrease swelling. Cushions may or may not
relieve pressure when you are sitting as even with a cushion pressure is
going to applied to certain areas of the buttocks. Certain physicians
include garments and cushions as part of the fee and other surgeons have you purchase them separately.