What type of compression garment (stage2) is recommended for tummy tuck recovery?
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Do I need a compression garment and what type after abdominoplasty
Tummy Tuck : Compression Garments
There is no standard answer, and it will vary with your doctor. Make sure you check with him.
I believe the garment is extremely important to help heal well. The first month, I recommend you wear it full time. The second month, the garment can be worn less frequently. This might be just 10 hours or so a day.
The brand of garment is not important. The concept is pressure. The pressure can be achieved with shapers at most departments stores. The plastic surgery ones are more expensive and do not provide added benefit. You must apply pressure to all sites that you had surgery. Don't stop at the navel, for example, or you could get fluid above the garment.
Interestingly, the garment has value beyond just fluid and swelling. It actually helps with the scar itself. Burn victims will be placed in garments for a year! The garment can help you heal your scar better.
Finally, the garment helps us eat better by helping with portion control. It's old fashioned but the pressure helps us eat less because it makes us feel full. This can help some people lose weight if needed.
I hope this helps!
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Dr Chris Saunders
That type of compression garment ?
In my own practice we provide a compression binder for our post operative patients. Many surgeons do the same.
Generally I have my patients go into Spanx at about the second week. I wish I had invented Spanx.
I like my patients to have even and gentle compression from the thighs to the breasts. Their slim cognito shape suit does a nice job without being too tight.
Hope this helps you !
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Tummy Tuck Compression Garments
Most tummy tuck patients feel better and have an easier time changing positions (laying to sitting, sitting to standing, etc) and ambulating with the feeling of abdominal support that a compression garment provides. My preference is to start patients out with a three-panel, Velcro-fastened abdominal binder that is easily applied and removed. This allows easy access to surgical dressings and easy inspection of the abdominal skin in the early postoperative period.
Not all compression garments are created equal. As with surgeons and surgery centers, you tend to get what you pay for. In my practice we provide the compression garments for abdominoplasty patients (there is no added fee for compression garments), and we have tried out almost every major company’s garments. We have been happiest with Marena’s compression garments as the fabric is very soft, elastic and comfortable yet durable. They are also the most aesthetically pleasing garments we have used. If modified with scissors the fabric does not ‘run’ or split.
If the garments are not pleasant to wear then patients will inevitably discontinue their use earlier than would be ideal. Some practices ask patients to purchase their own garments (I’ve even heard of patients being sent to Wal-Mart for this), which is leaving an important part of the postop care regimen in inexperienced hands. If a practice advises you to purchase your own compression garment, they are probably more interested in controlling costs than your postoperative comfort.
Lipo Compression Garment Recommendation
Most important advise is to listen to your surgeon's advice as he best knows how much fat was removed, the elasticity that remains in your skin and amount of skin redundancy.
I recommend my patients wear their garments for a minimum of 3 weeks full time then for 12 hrs (day or night). if not a lot of redundant skin following liposuction to a maximum of 6 weeks. To be effective the garment needs to fit snug but not too tight as to cause pressure problems (inspect your skin if discomfort and when skin is exposed), or prevent you from sleeping. As the edema resolves it is common for patients to switch to a smaller garment that fits - A Spanx type garment would work rather than ordering one or paying more at your doctor;'s office.
Liposuction requires compression garments for three main reasons:
it restricts the amount of edema that forms and hastens its resolution by mechanical pressure
It decreases the amount of bruising
It assists the loose skin in retracting or shrinking
Second stage compression garment after tummy tuck
Depending on your shape, a short leg or no leg garment will be more comfortable. Either are fine.
A body suit is fine and goes higher than a girdle.
I have patients wear the garment for 6 weeks and then they can wear it for comfort, or not if they do not swell without it.
Garment Choices After Tummy Tuck
Following a tummy tuck when the patients have a drain in to help prevent a seroma fluid collection , I have the patients wear a abdominal garment for its ease of use with good compression and comfort. After a week I have the patients switch to a compression garment( Lipoexpress/ Marena) hook and eye only!!
Zipper garments bunch up and can be seen under clothes and compression is not as good.
Patients wear compression garment at least a month if not two months at least 12 hours of the day.
There is no question that the swelling time is decreased and patient comfort using the compression garments!! There has been many patients that start off prior to surgery wearing a 12 - 14 size dress and after tummy tuck and liposuction of waist end up after 2-6 months of garment time they are in a size 8 dress. Unbelievable..
Dr. Phillip Craft
Miami Florida Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Compression after tummy tuck
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