How Long Do You Leave Your Garment off While Giving Your Stomach a Chance to Breath?

Just wanted to know what is the recommended safe length of time to leave your garment off. It itches and I wanted to give my stomach a brake

Doctor Answers 5

Getting relief from compression garment

In my opinion you could leave it off for a couple hours, especially if your surgery has been over a week ago. You can also try wearing a cotton T-shirt beneath the girdle to help with the itching.

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Do You Leave Your Garment off While Giving Your Stomach a Chance to Breath?

It is best to check with your surgeon about this. If itching is the problem sometimes wearing cotton undergarments under the garment will solve that. All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Wearing a garment after an abdominoplasty

There are not specific requirements for wearing a garment after surgery.  You plastic surgeon should be able to advise you as to his  protocol.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Removing garment after surgery

Without knowing which procedure you had done and how many days or weeks you are out from surgery, it is impossible to give you an exact answer.  In addition, most surgeons have their own specific recommendations for wearing compression garments after surgery.  In general, I tell my patients it is fine to remove their garments long enough to shower and wash the garment if necessary.  I agree with the suggestion to wear a cotton shirt under your garment if it is itchy.  I would recommend checking with your PS or with his or her nurse. 

Laurence Weider, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Garment questions...

Hello in Louisiana. Most patients are able to get out of the garments each day to shower and perform other hygiene. There's no way to give you a specific recommendations online without knowing the details of your case. I suggest you contact your PS office during regular hours. Best wishes, Dr. Aldo.

Aldo Guerra, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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