Do I Need a Binder and Garment After Vaser?

I had combo of Vaser/Smartlipo on my U/L Abs 10/21. Today was my 1st postop and my surgeon was upset that I was not still wearing my garment, binder and the foam sheet. The post op nurse told me to wear it all for the 1st week, then just wear my comp garment, which I have lived in. I think my results are great so far by he insists I now need to wear them all until swelling is gone. I am wondering if it is worth itsince i am 3.5 wk out. I think my results are great so far. Suggestions?

Doctor Answers 4

Follow postop instructions

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It is always important o follow your plastic surgeon's instructions and, if they differ from what a post op nurse tells you, the correction protocol should be confirmed. At over three weeks post op, you should be fine but wearing the binder as directed would have been beneficial in terms of reducing swelling to this point.

Do You Need Binder & Garment After Vaser

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You should follow your doctor's instructions and if you are concerned about your healing, it’s best to ask questions of your doctor or their staff. If you were provided a post-procedure #garment, be sure you are wearing it until prescribed otherwise by your doctor. The purpose of the post-procedure #garment is to provide some gentle #support and to reduce swelling. If it feels too tight or causes pain, take it off. Many patients wear the #elastic garment for several weeks after procedures, as directed by their doctor; some choose to wear it longer for several months for comfort.

The final results of the procedure are typically most noticeable 2-4 months following #Vaser. So, you must have patience. The swelling will gradually diminish while the contours of the treated area(s) can continue to improve up to one year post procedure; becoming more apparent in appearance. If you have concerns about your healing, or pain that you question to be unusual, it is important to call your plastic surgeon to discuss these further asked to be examined.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Vaser Liposuction

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If the surgeon tells you to wear the garment, wear the garment. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Compression and Binder after Vaser Liposuction

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In most cases, 2 weeks of compression is fine after liposuction. However, it would be best to follow your own plastic surgeon's advise on this.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

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