How long should I wear a compression garment after tummy tuck/lipo? How will I know it's okay to stop wearing it?

I had my procedure out of state and they told me I could stop wearing the compression garment and asked how will I know I'm ready to stop wearing it and all they would tell me the longer you wear it the better. That did not help or answer my question. Can you give me any guidance? Would there be any signs that I'm not ready?

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How long should I wear a compression garment after tummy tuck/lipo? How will I know it's okay to stop wearing it?

While I can't speak for your surgeon, I personally have my tummy tuck patients wear the garment 24/7 except to shower for 3 weeks post op followed by another 3 weeks during the day only for 3 main reasons:

1.) Controlling swelling: the compression on your tissues helps your body to reabsorb the edema fluid that accumulates in the tissues after any procedure. This can take quite some time to happen without help from the compression garments

2.) Improving contour: the compression helps to keep the tissues adherent to the underlying structures while healing, this can help prevent the wrinkled skin appearance that can happen when the tissues heal in ways we don't want them to.

3.) Improving scarring: pressure has been shown to improve the appearance of scars. A tummy tuck scar is quite long and right on the front of your body so anything that can help make it flatter, softer and less visible is to your advantage.

Hope that helps!

How long should I wear a compression garment after tummy tuck/lipo? How will I know it's okay to stop wearing it?

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While I can't speak for your surgeon, I personally have my tummy tuck patients wear the garment 24/7 except to shower for 3 weeks post op followed by another 3 weeks during the day only for 3 main reasons:

1.) Controlling swelling: the compression on your tissues helps your body to reabsorb the edema fluid that accumulates in the tissues after any procedure. This can take quite some time to happen without help from the compression garments

2.) Improving contour: the compression helps to keep the tissues adherent to the underlying structures while healing, this can help prevent the wrinkled skin appearance that can happen when the tissues heal in ways we don't want them to.

3.) Improving scarring: pressure has been shown to improve the appearance of scars. A tummy tuck scar is quite long and right on the front of your body so anything that can help make it flatter, softer and less visible is to your advantage.

Hope that helps!

Tummy tuck

Thank you for your question.

It is important to discuss this with your plastic surgeon because every surgeon has a slightly different aftercare protocol. If you are unclear of their instructions then I would ask them to clarify and be specific. I recommend keeping the compression garment on for up to 4 weeks for optimal results and swelling reduction. Good luck in your recovery!
Sincerely,

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS

Tummy tuck

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Thank you for your question.

It is important to discuss this with your plastic surgeon because every surgeon has a slightly different aftercare protocol. If you are unclear of their instructions then I would ask them to clarify and be specific. I recommend keeping the compression garment on for up to 4 weeks for optimal results and swelling reduction. Good luck in your recovery!
Sincerely,

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS

Tummy Tuck

Thank you for your question. Typically your plastic surgeon will ask you to wear a compression garment for approximately 4 weeks post-op to reduce swelling. Your board certified plastic surgeon should give you clear instructions on post-op care so I would continue to follow those and if he/she has not made them clear be sure to follow up with a call to ensure you have the best recovery. 

Hope this helps,

Dr. Newall 

Tummy Tuck

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Thank you for your question. Typically your plastic surgeon will ask you to wear a compression garment for approximately 4 weeks post-op to reduce swelling. Your board certified plastic surgeon should give you clear instructions on post-op care so I would continue to follow those and if he/she has not made them clear be sure to follow up with a call to ensure you have the best recovery. 

Hope this helps,

Dr. Newall 

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Thank you for your question.  It is always best to consult with your operating surgeon first regarding any questions or concerns you may have related to your personal recovery.  That being said, we typically advise our patients to wear their compression garments for at least 6 weeks after surgery.


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Hello and thank-you for your question.

I would suggest contacting your treating surgeon for guidance in how long you should wear your garment.  I generally advise my patients to wear the garment for 6 weeks following a tummy-tuck and liposuction.  I advise my patients that once they stop wearing the garment, if there tummy is swollen or does not look as good that they should wear the garment at least part time for an additional two weeks.

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Hello and thank-you for your question.

I would suggest contacting your treating surgeon for guidance in how long you should wear your garment.  I generally advise my patients to wear the garment for 6 weeks following a tummy-tuck and liposuction.  I advise my patients that once they stop wearing the garment, if there tummy is swollen or does not look as good that they should wear the garment at least part time for an additional two weeks.

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How long should I wear a compression garment after tummy tuck/lipo? How will I know it's okay to stop wearing it?

Thank you for the question.

This is a question best answered by your operating plastic surgeon.  He/she is ultimately responsible for the outcome of your surgery. In general, I have my patients wear the compression garment for 3-4 weeks and then transition into a Spanx for support.

  Best wishes for a result you will be pleased with.


How long should I wear a compression garment after tummy tuck/lipo? How will I know it's okay to stop wearing it?

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Thank you for the question.

This is a question best answered by your operating plastic surgeon.  He/she is ultimately responsible for the outcome of your surgery. In general, I have my patients wear the compression garment for 3-4 weeks and then transition into a Spanx for support.

  Best wishes for a result you will be pleased with.


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I usually have patients wear the compression garment for 3-6 weeks. I think it helps with swelling.  Some surgeons do not use them and some have patients wear them longer.

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I usually have patients wear the compression garment for 3-6 weeks. I think it helps with swelling.  Some surgeons do not use them and some have patients wear them longer.

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You should check with your surgeon.I have my patients wear their compression garment for 4 to 6 weeks as it help control swelling. Good luck.

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You should check with your surgeon.I have my patients wear their compression garment for 4 to 6 weeks as it help control swelling. Good luck.

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