Compression Garment Options for Support and Comfort Post TT?

What is the best garment to wear after a full tummy tuck? One that is the most comfortable and supports the way It needs to?

Doctor Answers 6

Compression garment

The first garment should be fitted for you in the office prior to surgery and applied in the operating room. Often it will become loose as the edema is mobilized, and then it will need to be replaced. Spanx is a reasonable compression garment if it gives enough support and is the right size. I have my patents bring them in so I can confirm that it fits well.
Most important advice is to listen to your surgeon, as he or she knows how much fat was removed, the elasticity that remains in your skin, and amount of skin redundancy.
I recommend that my patients wear their garments for a minimum of three weeks full timethen for twelve hours at a time (day or night). If there is not a lot of redundant skin, this continues to a maximum of six weeks.
To be effective, the garment needs to fit snugly—but not too tight as that can make it difficult to sleep or cause pressure problems (inspect your skin when it is exposed if you are uncomfortable). As the edema resolves it is common for patients to switch to a smaller garment that fits. A Spanx-type garment would work fine, rather than ordering one or paying more at your doctor’s office.


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Post Tummy Tuck Garment

Thank you for your question.  Speak with your plastic surgeon and see what he/she recommends.  We ask patients to wear the binder for the first month and then move into a compression garment for another month or so.  We have links on our website to different garments.  Some patients buy spanx and love the support they give.  Best Wishes.


Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Post tummy tuck garment.

Your PS will certainly be able to guide you here and may have his or her own preference.

In my own practice we start with a binder until the drain is out.  Then after that I recommend that my patients wear a gently compressive single piece garment that goes from the crotch or below and has a built in bra.

I often defat the pubis in tummy tuck and the upper part of the skin elevation is between the breasts so I like a garment that give gentle compression to all these areas.

Avoid two piece garments where there is elastic right across the mid abdomen. Garments should be comfortable, gently compressive (too tight is bad) and smooth.

Many of my patients move into Spanx post op.

Good luck with your surgery.



Adam Tattelbaum, MD
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
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A compression garment post tummy tuck

Your plastic surgeon should be able to provide you with appropriate recommendations for a postoperative garment. You want to wear something that is relatively comfortable, form fitting and providing compression. Initially, the best garment is a binder. However after several days, a week or more depending on your plastic surgeon's recommendation something like Spanx can be quite comfortable and therapeutic. How long you would wear this would be both dependent on your doctor's recommendations and your feeling of comfort and security.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Compression Garment after Tummy Tuck

Some plastic surgeons have their patients wear compression garments for 2 or more weeks after a tummy tuck. Others do not, claiming that the garment places undue pressure on the apper abdominal tissue flap, thus compromising healing. At our office, we often give the patient the option of doing so, as long as there is good follow up and feedback from the patient. Many patients at first think it's a bit constricting, but later love wearing the garment since it gives them the impression of added support. As long as healing is disturbed by the garment, it can be worn with confidence. Good luck and fare well.

Daniel Kaufman, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Garment after Tummy Tuck

In most cases, we place an abdominal binder (or two) for the patient to wear the first three days.  We then have the patient start wearing Spanx or an equivalent for the next six weeks.  While the first two weeks are most important, many patients find it more comfortable to keep wearing the Spanx during the day for several more weeks.


Good Luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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